Swallow Fluoride at Your Own Peril - Study Shows Risks without Benefits

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NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2011 --Low-income children who consumed recommended
fluoride doses have more fluoride-damaged teeth and high cavity rates,
according to research published in the International Journal of
Environmental Research and Public Health, January 2011.

Fluoride (hydrofluosilicic acid) is added to U.S. water supplies in a
failed effort to reduce tooth decay. However, in Mexico fluoride is
added to salt because water fluoride levels are low.

Mexican preschoolers and school-aged children in a low-income area
were measured for cavities, fluorosis (fluoride-discolored teeth) and
urine fluoride levels.

Despite urinary excretion within an optimal fluoride intake range, 78%
of 4- to 5-year-olds and 73% of 11- to 12-year-olds have cavities
while 60% of the older children have dental fluorosis.

In this study, dental fluorosis was significantly associated with the
amount of toothpaste used, age and frequency of brushing. Three-
fourths of the parents used fluoridated salt for cooking.

Fluoride was measured in bottled water, juices, nectars and carbonated
drinks (range 0.08 ppm to 1.70 ppm)

The researchers report that "the results of previous studies show that
the consumption of fluoridated water in addition to fluoride-
containing products may promote an increased development of dental
fluorosis lesions, even in people living in regions considered to be
non-endemic areas."

"Legislators cavalierly order fluoride into the bodies of American
children without considering their individual total fluoride intake,
clearly causing potential harm," says attorney Paul Beeber, President,
New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. "Legislators
who vote for fluoridation often base their decision on hearsay and
fail to look at the science behind fluoridation."

The researchers stress individual variables be considered before
fluoride is administered such as nutritional status, total fluoride
ingestion and excretion. Also, environment and geographical factors
should be evaluated, including location, weather and altitude.

The CDC admits that fluoride's predominant mode of action is topical
and that "(t)he prevalence of dental caries in a population is not
inversely related to the concentration of fluoride in enamel, and a
higher concentration of enamel fluoride is not necessarily more
efficacious in preventing dental caries."

This study adds to a growing body of evidence indicating that fluoride
ingestion is ineffective at reducing tooth decay, therefore making
water fluoridation an outdated drug delivery system. See:


María Dolores Jiménez-Farfán, Juan Carlos Hernández-Guerrero, Lilia
Adriana Juárez-López, Luis Fernando Jacinto-Alemán and Javier de la

Article: Fluoride Consumption and Its Impact on Oral Health

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(1), 148-160; Published:
19 January 2011


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