We are a group of dentists opposed to the policy of public water fluoridation. Irish Dentists Opposing Fluoridation (IDOF) 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 publics 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:
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 are not alone in our concerns about the fluoridation of public water supplies. Like other dentists, we now believe that the proposed benefits of fluoride in reducing tooth decay are topical (i.e. fluoride in contact with the tooth e.g. via toothpaste or through professional use of materials). Therefore, it would seem logical that if the benefits are topical and the risks are systemic, then why continue water fluoridation, which produces the least benefit with the greatest risk of damage.
Most dentists would refuse to prescribe for a patient he has never met, whose medical history 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.
Therefore, we feel water fluoridation is ethically, medically and scientifically unsound.