Water fluoridation: Gobs, mobs and nutjobs

Saturday, 24 October 2020, 1:15:00 am UTC

Fluorides strengthen teeth against tooth decay. They have been added to drinking water since the 1940s, and to toothpaste since the 1950s. However, while fluoride toothpastes are almost universally accepted, fluoridated drinking water is much more controversial, despite being endorsed by all reputable health and scientific agencies. Opponents of water fluoridation are passionate, relentless, and will twist the science until it squeals. Who are they, what are their tactics, and is public health still worth fighting for?

Dr Michael Foley