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Nature 322, 125 - 129 (10 July 1986); doi:10.1038/322125a0

The mystery of declining tooth decay

Mark Diesendorf

Human Sciences Program, Australian National University, GPO Box 4, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia.

Large temporal reductions in tooth decay, which cannot be attributed to fluoridation, have been observed in both unfluoridated and fluoridated areas of at least eight developed countries over the past thirty years. It is now time for a scientific re-examination of the alleged enormous benefits of fluoridation.

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