March 2006

Volume 23, Issue 1

50th Anniversary Conference on Salt Fluoridation Zurich, 17th October 2005

Authors: M.A. Lennon S. Jones


This conference, to celebrate 50 years of salt fluoridation in Switzerland, was organised by the Department of Preventive Dentistry, Periodontology and Cariology of the University of Zurich. Delegates were welcomed by Professor Thomas Imfeld who acknowledged the substantial contributions of his colleagues Professor Hans Mühlemann and Thomas Marthaler to the development and evaluation of salt fluoridation. The scientific papers presented at the conference had already been peer reviewed and edited by Jürg Meyer (Basel) and Thomas Marthaler (Zurich) and published, in English, in Schweizer Monatsschrift für Zahnmedizin Vol 115 (Nr. 8 + 9)/ 2005. We understand that bound copies are available from the University Department as long as stocks last ([email protected]). The first paper outlined the use of salt as a carrier of iodine in iodine-deficient areas (Burgi and Zimmermann 2005). Bürgi and Zimmerman, made the important point that the two aims: of preventing hypertension through restricting salt intake, and eliminating iodine deficiency through iodized salt, are not in conflict. This is because it would be easy to compensate for a reduction salt intake in the population by increasing the concentration of iodine in salt. Similar arguments of course could be made in respect of the salt fluoride content. The next three papers outlined the history of salt fluoridation in Switzerland (Marthaler 2005a), France (Tramini 2005) and Germany (Schulte 2005), while the fifth paper outlined the development of salt fluoridation in the Americas (Gillespie and Baez 2005).


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Editorial - Improving the oral health of young children through an evidence-based approach 2-4 Download
An existential model of oral health from evolving views on health, function and disability 5-14 Download
Satisfaction with the oral health services. A qualitative study among Non-Commissioned Officers in the Malaysian Armed Forces 15-20 Download
Root canal treatment in a population-based adult sample: differences in patient factors and types of teeth treated between endodontists and general dentists 21-25 Download
Oral Health in 8-9 year-old children in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) and in two Hungarian cities (Budapest and Debrecen) 26-30 Download
Dental caries experience of Kuwaiti schoolchildren 31-36 Download
Dental caries and enamel fluorosis among the fluoridated population in the Republic of Ireland and non fluoridated population in Northern Ireland in 2002 37-43 Download
BASCD Survey report - The dental caries experience of 11-year-old children in Great Britain. Surveys coordinated by the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry in 2004 / 2005 44-57 Download
Short communication - Areca nut use amongst South Asian schoolchildren in Tower Hamlets, London: The extent to which the habit is engaged in within the family and used to suppress hunger 58-60 Download
50th Anniversary Conference on Salt Fluoridation Zurich, 17th October 2005 61-61 Download


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