Journal article

Deep structure and controversy: Re-reading the fluoridation debate

Karen Block

HEALTH SOCIOLOGY REVIEW | ECONTENT MANAGEMENT | Published : 2009

Abstract

In Australia, fluoridation was first endorsed as an effective, safe and equitable means of improving population oral health over fifty years ago. However, recent opposition to attempts to introduce the measure in several regional Victorian towns has demonstrated that it remains a highly controversial health policy. This paper investigates the history of the Victorian fluoridation debate within a national and international context. It finds that although the evidence concerning fluoridation has advanced considerably, the essential arguments put forward by proponents and opponents have remained largely unchanged over that time. Protagonists incorporate the same scientific evidence yet come to ..

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