This article from today's newspaper in Fairbanks, Alaska. It's sad what is happening to the native Alaskans living in remote villages. I don't think fluoridation is the answer as the gov't is proposing, but rather a dietary change where they don't drink so much damn pop and maybe look at their nutrition in general. What say ye?
This may not be popular, but I'm going to say that tooth decay/poor nutrition is just a symptom of a deeper malaise here: socioeconomic deprivation is most likely what really lies at the heart of the matter. Sadly, I don't think we've come up with a hack for that yet.
I say the Alaska pipeline is down to one-third capacity, when it drops much lower the oil will move so slow it freezes, the whole enterprise will be abandoned, the phantom oilfields in the wildlife refuge will NOT pick up the slack - because there's not enough oil there either - and hopefully Alaska will suffer total economic crash soon enough that a few remaining traditional natives will be able to put their lives back together and pick up where the old timers left off.
It's more or less the same story all over the world. Modernity has run it's course. Screw yer fluoride, yer wiz-bang medicine, yer techno-solutions of every kind. Everywhere.