Fluoridation Research Paper

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A satisfactory sociological explanation of the fluoridation controversy remains elusive. Despite decades of research on the topic, the persistence and passion of the fluoridation debates are yet incompletely understood by social scientists (Frazier 1980, p. 214). I would support the fluoridation on several basis. Fluoride has been known to help in protecting the teeth in the following ways: • Protection from demineralization – In the event that bacteria in the mouth mix with sugars the final product is acid. His is the acid that has been known to cause decay to our teeth. Most of teeth problems are caused by this acid. This acid can erode tooth enamel and damage our teeth. Fluoride can protect teeth from demineralization that is caused by the…show more content…
In the event that the acid has already caused some damage to teeth, fluoride accumulates in the demineralized areas and begins strengthening the enamel, a process called remineralization. Fluoride is extremely useful in preventing cavities and making teeth stronger. However, it is much less effective if a cavity has already formed. According to the National Health Service, fluoride can prevent tooth decay by: • Altering the structure of the developing enamel so that it is more resistant to acid attack. These structural changes occur as a child 's enamel develops (before he/she is seven years old). • providing an environment where better quality enamel is formed, which is much more resistant to acid attack • reducing the bacteria 's (bacteria in plaque) ability to produce acid, a major cause of tooth decay Many studies have shown that when children drink fluoridated water, their average rate of tooth decay seems to be greatly reduced (McClure 1970; Murray and Rugg-Gunn 1982; Newbrun 1975; Striffler, Young, and Burt 1983). A typical figure claimed is 50% reduction. This apparently enormous benefit for children 's teeth is the major argument in favor of fluoridation. There are no generally acknowledged benefits for adults from drinking fluoridated

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