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Captain Obvious Gets Philosophical

Posted Mar 22 2013 10:32am

A while back, we looked at a fluoride study that inadvertently raised the issue of whether fluoridation is really all that effective. Other papers have noted its limits, as well.

Consider the study published in JADA back in 2004, which sprang from the possibility that “dietary patterns in young children may offset some of the oral health benefits of fluoridation.”

We did – and found Captain Obvious already on the case.

“Brace yourselves,” he said. “This one’s a doozy.”

The study design was simple enough: analyze data from NHANES III “to investigate the relationship between healthful eating practices…and dental caries” (cavities, tooth decay) among kids aged 2 through 5. And what did they find?

Young children with poor eating habits are more likely to experience caries.

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Practice Implications. Dental professionals are well-positioned to inform parents and caregivers regarding age-appropriate healthful eating practices for young children entrusted in their care.

Just as they recommended back in…1946, perhaps?

Or in 1939?

“Those who cannot remember the past,” said Captain Obvious, quoting his favorite philospher*, “are condemned to repeat it.”

* George Santayana


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