Here’s an excerpt from a report on the website of the Flouride Action Network. “Do you know what’s in your milk”, may become the question of the future. Although it’s been a widely accepted practice to flouridate drinking water, there are a growing number of people who question the practice for health reasons. Yet another reason to prefer “raw milk”.
“A NEW strategy with the focus of preventing dental problems among children is be introduced in Sheffield. Dentists in the city, who are currently paid according to how much treatment they carry out, will be asked to sign a new contract that will encourage them to carry out more preventive work.
The changes are part of NHS Sheffield’s Dental Health Commissioning Strategy, which outlines how services should be run up to 2011.
Key changes will come into force in March next year, when the current three-year dental contract comes to end.
The director of dental public health for Sheffield, John Green, said the current dental contract was very “activity focused.”
He said: “It focuses on treatment, which can be a bit of a problem, so at the end of the three years there is an opportunity to revisit it all and focus on other things, such as prevention, to try and stop teeth going bad in the first place.
“There would still be recognition for carrying out treatment such as extractions and fillings, but dentists would also get rewarded for preventive work.
“This would not only be good for dentists, but good for patients.”
Statistics reveal that, while the condition of children’s teeth in Sheffield is slightly worse than the national average, children in deprived areas suffer almost five times the number of decayed, missing and filled teeth than those in more affluent neighbourhoods.
The figures, which relate to the year 2005-6, show that five-year-old children in Sheffield as a whole have an average of 1.72 decayed, missing or filled teeth, slightly above the national average of 1.47. However, this increases to 4.21 in the city’s more deprived neighbourhoods.
Preventive work will therefore focus on those areas where children are more likely to develop dental problems, such as Burngreave, Darnall, Manor Castle, Gleadless Valley, Shiregreen, Brightside and Firth Park.
This will include increasing access to dental care, improving children’s diet and targeting oral health promotion at young children.
At present, fluoride is added to children’s milk in 42 primary schools in the city. This will continue, and the local NHS is also planning to begin talks on the possibility of adding fluoride to water.…”