November 1963

Dental Caries and the Pediatrician

Author Affiliations

The Permanente Medical Group San Rafael, Calif

Am J Dis Child. 1963;106(5):446. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080050443007

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To the Editor:—I must take issue with Dr. Black's editorial on "Dental Caries and the Pediatrician." I believe his cogent reasons for not fluoridating community water supplies smack of the admixture of pseudoscience and innuendo that has been widely used to oppose it. Obviously, Dr. Black does not fall into this category, since he is in favor of administration of fluoride to both the pregnant woman and growing child. It seems, however, that the critical reason for fluoridating community water supplies has either by chance or by purpose eluded him; viz: that, short of a continuous massive public campaign by all community health resources, a sizable segment of the pediatric population will not receive fluoride supplements on any regular basis. It seems to me that the precedent for the supplementation of food supplies with chemicals, drugs, or medicines, whichever term one finds least offensive, has been well established in

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