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Public Water Fluoridation & The Role of the Dental Professional

An Interview with Dr. Molly Melbye

Learning Objectives:

This podcast is an interview with Dr. Molly Melbye on the subject of public water fluoridation. Upon hearing this podcast, the listener should:

  • Understand the “conflict” surrounding public water fluoridation, and what they (as future dental professionals) can do for the cause.
  • Know the effects of public water fluoridation, and be able to decide where they stand on this potentially divisive issue.

Dr. Molly Melbye is a senior research fellow at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. In January 2013, she along with Dr. Jason Armfeld published a piece in the Journal of the American Dental Association concerning public water fluoridation, a hot button topic that is of great consequence to national public health. In Dr. Melbye’s opinion, the opponents of public water fluoridation, while very vocal, do not have much of a scientific leg to stand on. She has received a lot of feedback, both positive and negative, concerning this article already. In this interview with THE NEXT DDS, Dr. Melbye states her case, and tries to spread the message that public water fluoridation is safe and effective.

Related Reading:

  1. Melbye, M Armfield, J. The dentist’s role in promoting community water fluoridation. A call to action for dentists and educators. Journal of the American Dental Association. Jan 2013, vol 44 no 1. 65-75.  
  2. http://thenextdds.com/Articles/Getting-Back-to-Basics--Part-I/
  3. http://thenextdds.com/Podcasts/Fluoride-Use-for-Prevention/
  4. http://thenextdds.com/Podcasts/Contemporary-Fluoride-Use-in-Oral-Health/
  5. http://thenextdds.com/Articles/Fluoride--Background-and-Foundation/
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