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Dentists to sue over
continued fluoridation
of drinking water.
Irish Examiner 22/10/2001

Letter to Dail














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Irish Dentists Opposing Fluoridation (IDOF), a group of over 100 dentists, has published an article in The Irish Dentist slamming Minister Harney and the Department of Health for doing nothing to combat the near epidemic levels of dental fluorosis in Irish children.[i] Here, dental fluorosis, fluoride damage to teeth, has sky-rocketed with a seven fold increase from 1984 to 2002 and the Republic of Ireland (artificially fluoridated since 1960s) now has three times more fluorosis than Northern Ireland which still rejects water fluoridation on health and safety grounds.[ii]

The figures come from the North/South Oral Health study carried out by the Department of Health in 2002 as part of the Forum on Fluoridation. But when it came to the paper’s launch why did then Minister of Health Micheal Martin not mention such disturbing results in his speech?[iii] Why have the authors of the North/South study not reported these worrying fluorosis figures? And most importantly what is being done to combat this dental epidemic? The answers to these questions are a damning indictment of the government and a small number of academics and their endeavours to protect public health policy rather than public health.

Dental fluorosis, seen as white lines and spots on teeth, is caused by swallowing too much fluoride and is “the first readily detectable symptom of past chronic fluoride poisoning”.[iv] Since 1960, we have been swallowing uncontrolled and unmonitored levels of fluoride through our tap water.  Especially at risk are bottle-feeding infants who because of their small size are consuming unsafe levels of fluoride in formula feed made up with tap water. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reviewed this issue and their findings were startling. Their risk assessment concluded that “the precautionary principle should apply and recommends that infant formula should not be reconstituted with fluoridated tap water”.[v] The scientific committee who carried out the research found that bottle-feeding infants were being dosed with unsafe levels of fluoride thus increasing their risk of moderate dental fluorosis.

This was effectively the end of water fluoridation in Ireland. But the Forum on Fluoridation rejected the submission on a technicality and then spent the following months leaning on the FSAI to change their conclusions.[vi] They eventually capitulated and the FSAI deflected all responsibility from their decision by declaring “all babies should be breast-fed”.[vii] Though they climbed down it appeared they had negotiated a reduction in the levels of fluoride in our tap water. So the Forum recommended turning down fluoride by one quarter.[viii]

Dr. Don Mac Auley, Chairman of IDOF, commented, “The Forum was supposed to turn down the fluoride taps but nothing has happened. Minister Martin did nothing; Minister Harney has done nothing meanwhile fluoride poisoning as seen in the damage to our children’s teeth is at near epidemic levels. Why? The simple answer is they are financially and ethically responsible for damaging children’s health.

With new evidence questioning the effectiveness of swallowing fluoride,[ix] and more and more children showing signs of fluoride poisoning there is a compensation time-bomb ticking. We believe the government knows this but like the whole nursing home payments debacle they are playing a delaying game. But when are they going to smell the coffee and look at their own figures? How many more children need to be damaged by chemical fluoride before they put an end to the unsafe, unethical and outdated practice of water fluoridation?”






Dr. Don Mac Auley

Surgery 046 9021203

Home 046 9054340


Most dentists would refuse to prescribe for a patient s/he has never met, whose medical history s/he does not know, a substance which is intended to create bodily change; with the advice, take as much as you like but you will take it for the rest of your life, because some children have tooth decay. This is the water fluoridation ethos.

Irish Dentists Opposing Fluoridation is a support group for fellow dental professionals who wish to express their opposition to the practice of mass medicating our drinking water with fluoride.

Our primary aim is to highlight the undemocratic, unethical and unsafe nature of fluoridation in Ireland. As dentists, we have to lead the way in reducing the public’s exposure to this toxic chemical. A chemical which, the Irish Medicines Board declares is not registered as a medicine, is unlicensed and has never been proved safe or effective for use on humans.

We are opposed to water fluoridation for the following reasons:

1.      Infringement of our human rights.
Fluoridation is compulsory. There is no freedom to choose with this form of medication. The Irish government has never requested the free informed consent of the population to give them fluoride in their water supply. This is contrary to the Council of Europe’s ‘Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine’ (1997).

2.      Dental Fluorosis.
Dental fluorosis is tooth damage caused by swallowing fluoride. Current estimates, of dental fluorosis, state that between 24-50% of all Irish children and teenagers have some form of this condition.

3.      Health damage.
There are numerous international scientific studies linking fluoride/fluoridation with serious health conditions such as hip fractures, cancer, osteoporosis, thyroid dysfunction, neurological impairment and irritable bowel syndrome.

We will be delivering a letter to the Dail, signed by fifteen dentists, demanding an immediate end to water fluoridation in Ireland. We will also be outlining our legal options and providing information on our new website. Refreshments provided.

For further information please contact Dr. Don Mac Auley 046 21203 or mail


[i] The Irish Dentist. Fluoridation and Truth Decay. April 2005.

[ii] North/South Survey of Children’s Oral Health 2002.

[iii] DoH website.

[iv] Dr. Geoffrey Smith. New Scientist, May 5, 1983.

[vi] Joint Health Committee on Health and Children. 10/7/2003.

[vii] Forum on Fluoridation Report. Appendix 18 pg 244.

[viii] Forum on Fluoridation Report. Recommendation 1 pg 15.

[ix] Armfield JM, Spencer AJ. Consumption of nonpublic water: implications for children¹s caries experience. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2004;32:283-296.