Fluoride Pro's and Con's

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Welcome to our holistic dental practice, where we prioritize your oral health and overall well-being. We respect your right to decline fluoride for you and your family. There are several arguments that individuals or groups may present for and against water fluoridation. It is important to note that these arguments don’t represent a consensus among the scientific and health community.


Informed Consent and Dental Care Choices for Children

We discuss an important topic concerning your children’s dental care: high-concentration fluoride treatments are routinely applied at all dental clinics without proper consent. Our clinic believes in informed consent and empowering parents or guardians to make the best decisions regarding their child’s oral health.

Before any dental treatment is performed, it is vital to ensure that parents or guardians have a comprehensive understanding of the purpose, benefits, and potential risks associated with high-concentration fluoride treatments. We believe that informed consent allows you, as a caring parent or guardian, to make well-informed decisions in your child’s best interest.

Engaging with Professionals

We encourage parents to engage in open and transparent discussions with our dental professionals. Our experienced team is here to answer any questions, advise on alternative treatments or preventive measures, and guide you through the necessity and potential consequences of high-concentration fluoride treatments.

Tailoring Decisions to Your Child’s Needs

Every child is unique, and their dental care should reflect that. As a responsible parent or guardian, we urge you to consider factors such as your child’s dental health history, oral hygiene practices, and individual concerns or sensitivities. Considering these factors, you can make personalised decisions that address your child’s needs.

Exploring Alternative Approaches:

At our clinic, we believe in providing a range of options for preventive dental care. We encourage discussions about alternative treatments with our dental professionals, including fluoride varnishes, fluoride toothpaste, regular check-ups, and adjustments to dietary habits. We can explore the most suitable approach for your child’s oral health.


At Riverina Dental Albury, we prioritise your child’s well-being and recognise the importance of informed consent in their dental care. We encourage open dialogue, involvement, and understanding as you navigate the decisions surrounding high-concentration fluoride treatments. We can ensure your child’s best oral health outcomes by working together.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment, ask questions, or address concerns. We are here to support you in making informed decisions and providing exceptional dental care for your children.

Arguments Against Fluoride

Medication Without Consent

Opponents argue that adding fluoride to public water supplies is a form of mass medication, and individuals should have the right to choose whether to consume fluoride or not. They consider it a violation of personal autonomy and medical ethics, as it does not allow for individualized dosage or informed consent.

Potential Health Risks

Potential health risks: Some individuals express concerns about possible risks associated with fluoride exposure. They argue that excessive fluoride intake, especially during early childhood, may lead to fluorosis (a condition causing cosmetic changes in tooth enamel) and potential adverse effects on other organs and bodily functions. However, these concerns primarily arise with significantly higher fluoride levels than those used in water fluoridation.

Dosage Control Issue

Critics contend that water fluoridation does not allow individuals to control their fluoride intake accurately. Different people consume different amounts of tap water, making it challenging to regulate the dosage and potentially increasing the risk of overexposure for specific individuals, such as infants who rely more on formula prepared with fluoridated water.

Ethical Concerns

Some argue that water fluoridation violates the medical principle of individual consent, as individuals cannot choose whether or not to consume fluoridated water. They believe that individuals should have the freedom to make their own choices regarding preventive dental care.

Alternative Methods

Opponents of water fluoridation argue that there are alternative methods for improving dental health, such as promoting dental hygiene and education, providing access to dental care, and using topical fluoride treatments like toothpaste or mouth rinses. They argue that these methods are more effective controllable, and allow for individual decision-making.

Important Note

Water fluoridation is often implemented within a specific concentration range, usually around 0.7 to 1.2 parts per million. Supposedly, this is done to ensure its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay while supposedly minimizing the potential adverse effects. Public health authorities and regulatory organizations keep a close eye on fluoride levels to maintain what they claim is the optimal range for dental benefits. However, one might question the actual effectiveness and safety of fluoride at these levels, as well as the motives behind such monitoring.

Purported Fluoride Benefits

Prevents Tooth Decay

Fluoride, when present in optimal concentrations in drinking water, can strengthen tooth enamel and make it more resistant to acid attacks from bacteria and sugars. This makes teeth less susceptible to cavities or tooth decay. Fluoride also promotes the remineralization process, which can reverse early signs of tooth decay.

Community-Wide Protection

Water fluoridation reaches a broad population, providing a preventive measure that benefits everyone who consumes the water. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with limited access to oral healthcare and those who may not have regular access to other preventive interventions, such as fluoride treatments or dental sealants.


Water fluoridation is a cost-effective public health measure. It requires minimal individual effort and expense, as it involves simply drinking fluoridated tap water. Compared to other preventive dental treatments, such as individual fluoride applications or dental sealants, water fluoridation is relatively inexpensive and can cover a larger population.

Equity and Accessibility

One of the advantages of water fluoridation is its equitable nature. It benefits everyone who consumes the water, irrespective of socioeconomic status, age, or education. This helps reduce oral health disparities by providing a preventive strategy accessible to all community members.

Long-Lasting Effects

Fluoride’s preventive effects are long-lasting. Regular exposure to optimal fluoride levels during tooth development helps create strong enamel that can better resist decay throughout a person’s lifetime. Even after teeth have erupted, continued exposure to fluoride through drinking water helps protect against future decay.

Important Note

Water fluoridation is typically implemented within a specific concentration range (usually around 0.7 to 1.2 parts per million) to ensure its effectiveness while minimizing the risk of potential adverse effects. Public health authorities and regulatory organizations regularly monitor fluoride levels to maintain the optimal range for dental benefits. However, there is room for human error.