DUNEDIN woman Carla Lawrie is monitoring her children’s fluoride intake by opting for natural (non-fluoride toothpaste) on their teeth, because they get fluoride in their water supply.
Mrs Lawrie had heard about the fluoridation debate and said both sides appeared to have compelling arguments for and against.
“But not being a scientist, I’m still undecided,” Mrs Lawrie said.
And not being sure of how much fluoride her children should be exposed to, until she knows more, Mrs Lawrie wants to play it safe and not take the risk.
“I went for a natural toothpaste, knowing fluoride was in our water.”
“I’m still a bit suspicious about how much fluoride we need.
“What I really want to know is who actually does benefit? Is there an industry that benefits in a monetary way?”
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Carla Lawrie with her son Ossian (4), who is brushing his teeth with non-fluoride toothpaste. The family get their daily fluoride intake from their tap water.