Whatever the medical rights and wrongs of the fluoridation debate, post-BSE/CJD I would have thought a very high degree of caution was warranted (NCE 2 November).
It is morally indefensible that anyone should have fluoride forced upon them. It is the thin end of a truly terrifying wedge and that any professional association should even contemplate the idea is deeply disturbing. That it is ostensibly to protect the teeth of the children of a few incompetent parents merely makes things worse.
Such people are unlikely to be foolish just in the area of dental care, and the money involved in fluoridation should be spent on educating them not encouraging them in their ignorance or negligence.
Roger Taylor, 16 Rycroft Road, Meols, Wirral, CH47 9RQ