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Panel explores fluoride benefits

Fluoride interest: Attendees hear panel discussion of evidence-based clinical recommendations for fluoride use.
“We want to prevent caries,” says Dr. Howard Pollick, coming directly to the point of Sunday’s Open Clinical and Science Forum on fluoride at the Orange County Convention Center.

Dr. Pollick is part of a panel gathered for the second in a three-part forum hosted by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and The Journal of the American Dental Association.

The first forum, held Saturday, centered on oral cancer. The third and final forum kicks off at noon tomorrow and will focus on cone beam technology. The series is new for 2010—and judging from the membership response, it will be back next year.

An audience member asks whether the effects of drinking fluoridated water are negligible, as some who advocate only topical fluorides insist.

“We need systemic and we need topical,” says Dr. Pollick, a consultant to the National Fluoridation Advisory Committee. “That’s the short answer.”

Another of the five panelists, Dr. Bill Kohn of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, notes that in 1999, CDC declared public water fluoridation one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.