Impure, untested and non-required fluoride chemicals
are legislated into most U.S. water supplies, not to kill nasty
microbes, but to medicate tap water drinkers who are assured water
fluoridation is a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay. But it is neither.
Water fluoridation is an old-fashioned concept. It is dentistry's
continued goal for every American's faucet to dispense 1 milligram
fluoride via approximately one quart of water. The Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) tells us that 2/3 of Americans receive fluoridated tap
water. Virtually 100% eat and drink a fluoridated food supply.
Dentists mistakenly believed swallowed fluoride created decay resistant
teeth by becoming part of children's developing enamel; but they were
wrong. Fluoride's beneficial effects, if any, are topical according to the CDC and the American Dental Association.
Public health officials predicted fluoride would eradicate tooth decay
like vaccines prevent disease; but they were wrong about that, too.
They said fluoride was a necessary nutrient and, like vitamin C
prevents scurvy, fluoride would prevent tooth decay - wrong again.
The US Surgeon General reports tooth decay is at epidemic proportions among our poor and minority populations, many of whom live in fluoridated communities . While, tooth decay is increasing in US children ,
the United Kingdom reports an 11% cavity decline in a recent survey and
a 15% decline in a previous survey. The UK is only 10% fluoridated and
provides low-fluoride children's toothpaste. Only high-dose fluoride
toothpaste is available in the U.S. - twice the dosage of the UK's
children's fluoridated toothpates.
In fact, non-water-fluoridated Finland, Sweden and Holland cut tooth
decay rates by 92%, 82% and 72% respectively over the past 20 years.
While in the super-fluoride saturated U.S., public health dentists only
managed to cut rates by 50% over the same period (since 1984).
are prescribed to children from communities that won't or can't
fluoridate their water supply. With outdated and scientifically invalid
scientific support, dentists say swallowing l milligram fluoride daily
reduces tooth decay without fluoride's adverse effects such as dental
fluorosis but they are even wrong about that.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) never approved fluoride ingestion.
They were "grandfathered" in before the FDA drug testing laws were
enacted. New research shows that children who consume fluoride tablets
are more at risk for dental fluorosis. That's why routine fluoride
supplementation is no longer recommended by the Canadian Dental
Association, the Western Australian Health Authority's Dental Section
and the German Scientific Dental Association. And, because of health
concerns, Belgium banned the sale of fluoride supplements to prevent
Astonishingly, research now shows swallowing fluoride is virtually useless
and has unnecessarily exposed millions of Americans to fluoride's
adverse side effects such as bone disease and dental fluorosis - white
spotted, yellow or brown stained and sometimes pitted and crumbly teeth
- which has, not so surprisingly, increased dramatically in American children.(above picture is moderate dental fluorosis).
In fact, dental fluorosis has gotten so bad that some dental experts, such as Dr. Hardy Limeback,say
that it costs more to repair teeth damaged by fluoride than would have
been saved if water fluoridation actually reduced tooth decay.
In 2004, one dentist charged $18,000 to cover a 16-year-olds white-laced fluoride-damaged teeth with veneers and caps.
HOW WE GOT INTO THIS MESS
At the turn of the last century, many residents of the Southwest US had
unusually ugly teeth. They called it "Colorado Brown Stain." Dental
researchers sought to discover the source of this disfiguring tooth
malformation. The culprit was high levels of fluoride in the water.
We've been told for years that these ugly teeth resisted decay but a
recently discovered book (April 2004)via the internet gives conflicting
Only 28.5% of 12- to 14-year-olds were cavity-free in Colorado Springs,
Colorado, with 2.6 ppm naturally fluoridated water, 75% had fluorosis,
according to a 1948 study ("Fluorine in Drinking Water Its Effect on
Dental Caries," by Francis A. Arnold).
Also, Hereford, Texas, was touted as the "town without a toothache"
because high levels of natural water fluoride discolored the townfolk's
teeth but, we were told, they didn't have any or few cavities. However,
12 to 14-year-olds living in Hereford, Texas, where the water was
naturally fluoridated at 3.1 ppm, 100% had dental fluorosis; but only
38% were caries free.
These statistics are not impressive.
But maybe they were better than other cities without fluoride or calcium, dentists and/or sound nutrition.
But that didn't stop well-meaning but misguided dentists (who probably
didn't, and still don't, read the actual studies )to assume the
fluoride also caused the discolored teeth allegedly to resist decay.
However, what they overlooked is significant. The water supply was also
very high in calcium and magnesium, essential nutrients we now know
makes teeth strong.
Also the population studied in Colorado Springs was healthy and
wealthy, which drew dentists from the East striving to make their own
fortune. At the same time, poor residents of Appalachia in the East
were losing teeth to decay without any dentist around to treat them
which is still the case today
In another highly unbelievable move, the dentists convinced public
health people to experiment with this new fluoride "discovery." They
hypothesized that, if natural fluoride (calcium fluoride) in drinking
water makes teeth resist decay, let's totally ingnore calcium (and the
gereral health of people with great teeth), and see if adding
artificial fluoride to a town's water makes any difference or will make
So they used all the people in a few cities like Grand Rapids,
Michigan, and Newburgh, New York, as their guinea pigs. In Newburgh,
they added sodium fluoride into the water supply in 1945 and left
Kingston unfluoridated to act as the control.
Of course, researchers declared fluoridation a success after only five
years, even though the teeth of the children born into the experiment
had not even erupted yet. They said fluoride was safe because they
examined school children who weren't sick two weeks before the
examination date - virtually eliminating the very children who may have
been made ill by the fluoride. Adults were never examined for ill
Ten years later, the State University of New York found that
children in fluoridated Newburgh had more cortical bone defects and
higher rates of hemoglob anemia. Kingston never fluoridated. Recent
studies show tooth decay and dental fluorosis is higher in fluoridated
And what's even more perverse is that the chemical used to fluoridate
your drinking water is an industrial waste product that, along with
fluoride, carries lead, arsenic, and other contaminants to a faucet
The silicofluorides have never been safety tested in animals or humans.
With the American children as guinea pigs, researchers find that
silicofluorides increase children's lead absorption and higher blood
lead levels are linked to more tooth decay. And the U.S. National
Toxicology Program is just beginning to study silicofluorides for human
ingestion some 50 plus years after it's been dumped into most Americans
Other studies link fluoride to bone fractures, lowered IQ, thyroid disfunction and more.
Fluoridation has provided a lucrative sector for researchers to apply
for federal grants to study the after effects of the crazy decision to
put fluoride into humans' water supply and then see what happens.
US children are overdosed with fluoride whether rich or poor, healthy
or malnourished from various sources. You would think dentists would
heed the advice reported in their dental journals - to cut back on
fluoride use. But instead dentists are lobbying legislators all over
the US to fluoridate more water supplies - even when the people have
voted against it. But educated individuals are fighting back. In the
past two elections, fluoridation failed miserably in the polls.
Meanwhile, the American Dental Association reported to the press on
June 16, 2000 that they have a new cavity fighting tool - calcium.
January 2006, researchers tout Cavistat, a calcium containing nutrient
substance that reduces cavities better than fluoride and without