A recent letter defending compulsory fluoridation of public water supplies (Reader's Forum, Aug. 1) asserted, referring to pro-fluoridation dentists, that they "favor something that reduces their services," which in turn means that they "may truly have an honest interest in the oral health of our people rather than the financial gain based on the opposite."
But what if it can be shown that the number of dentists per capita has significantly increased as compulsory fluoridation has metastatized throughout the nation? Would that not imply, using the writer's logic, that the dentists who espouse forced fluoridation do not have an honest interest "in the oral health of our people rather than financial gain"?
A perusal of sundry editions of The Statistical Abstract of the United States in recent years confirms that the number of dentists per 100,000 population in 1955 was 47; by 1980, it had risen to 53; by 1990, to 59; and by 1996 (latest available figures) to 61 per 100,000. That translates as a 30 percent increase over four fluoride-intensive decades.
The claim that dentists are placing their jobs at risk by promoting compulsory fluoridation is, it would seem, a myth.
Robert W. Lee