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November 1963

Dental Caries and the Pediatrician

Author Affiliations

Assistant Health Officer Division of Dental Health Contra Costa County Health Department Martinez, Calif

Am J Dis Child. 1963;106(5):443-445. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080050443004

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To the Editor: Inasmuch as Dr. W. C. Black's very erroneous conclusions rated exclusive position on the editorial page of the August issue of the Journal, may I request equal courtesy for this or the comments of other persons or organizations taking issue, as I do, with Dr. Black's highly personal points of view.

Fluoridation: The Pediatrician and the Public.—The American Dental Association, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the United States Public Health Service, the National Research Council, the Commission on Chronic Illness, among a long and impressive list of important national, state, and local organizations, are on record as endorsing fluoridation.

The widespread national and international application of controlled fluoridation is based on the voluminous evidence of its safety, its demonstrated effectiveness in preventing dental caries substantially, and its remarkable economy.

It seems strange, therefore, that despite the recommendations for fluoridation by the most

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