The following is an excerpt of an interview with Dianna Blake-Bennett who works with Industrial Chemical Company (ICC) at Windsor Road, Spanish Town.
In 1984 a national programme of salt fluoridation was spearheaded by ICC in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the Ministry of Health’s Dental Unit. This programme introduced fluoride to the Freeflo brand. The result of this introduction, as reported in the PAHO report Promoting Oral Health: The Use of Salt Fluoridation to Prevent Dental Caries, was significant improvements in the mean average of decaying, missing and filled dental cases in children. Before the introduction of fluoridation of salt, the cases of children with missing teeth, tooth decay and the need for filling were numerous. The study stated that “the changes in caries in school children 1984 and 1995 may be a result of a combination of factors. The likeliest factor, however, is the fluoridation of salt”. (Warphea, 2001). Our salt helps to reduce cavities, as it is fluoridated and iodised.