March 24, 2019

Cohen and Locker – The Science and Ethics of Water Fluoridation


A statement concerning the ethics of water fluoridation was published in a recent issue of the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association.1 The arguments presented in that paper did not constitute what we would consider a complete and systematic account of the scientific and moral issues involved. It is our contention that water fluoridation, by the very nature of the way it is administered, engenders a number of moral dilemmas that do not admit to any easy solution. In this paper, we attempt to elucidate the particular problems posed by this public health initiative, according to the principles of bioethics.

Cohen and Locker – The Science And Ethics Of Water Fluoridation – Journal Canadian Dental Association, 2001 67(10)578-80