Fluoride Pills & Drops - Not Safe; Not Effective

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Dec 29, 2011, 8:18:15 AM12/29/11
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Studies of Fluoride Supplements: No Evidence of Safety - No Benefit

According to the Cochrane Oral Health Group, fluoride supplements fail
to reduce tooth decay in primary teeth, permanent teeth cavity-
reduction is dubious and health risks are little studied (1). Further,
"When fluoride supplements were compared with topical fluorides or
with other preventive measures, there was no differential effect on
permanent or deciduous teeth," write Cochrane researchers Ismail et
al, reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.

Fluoride supplements are routinely prescribed to children who don't
live in water fluoridated communities. They are endorsed and
encouraged by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The Cochrane research team reports, "We rated 10 trials as being at
unclear risk of bias and one at high risk of bias, and therefore the
trials provide weak evidence about the efficacy of fluoride
supplements." The team "found limited information on the adverse
effects associated with the use of fluoride supplements."

In the early 1980's, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation research first
revealed fluoride tablets and mouth rinses failed to reduce tooth

But this inconvenient fact is still ignored by the CDC.

"Obviously, the CDC's fluoride supplement endorsement cannot be
trusted because there is no science to support it," says attorney Paul
Beeber, NYSCOF President. "Further, CDC fails to effectively
communicate its own warning to not mix infant formula with fluoridated
water (10). Why should we trust CDC's fluoridation endorsements?" asks

Fluoride supplements "have not been found by FDA to be safe or
effective," according to the US National Library of Medicine.(3)

Before testing was required, fluoride supplements slipped into common
usage without FDA approval (4) based on the presumed safety and
effectiveness of water fluoridation. But, tooth decay crises occur in
all fluoridated cities, states and countries. (4a) and fluoridation's
safety is deeply in doubt. (4b)

A 2008 Journal of the American Dental Association systematic review
reported that fluoride supplements deliver no benefits to primary
teeth but increase dental fluorosis risk - white spotted, yellow,
brown and/or pitted teeth (5) now afflicting almost half of
adolescents, according to the CDC.

A meta-analysis in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology (2/99)
reported: "In non-fluoridated communities, the use of fluoride
supplements during the first 6 years of life is associated with a
significant increase in the risk of developing dental fluorosis." (6)

"It is therefore concluded that the risks of using supplements in
infants and young children outweigh the benefits…fluoride supplements
should no longer be used for young children in North America," writes
Burt (Fall 1999 Journal of Public Health Dentistry). (7)

Belgium stopped selling fluoride supplements in 2002 because
documentation revealed that fluoride can cause physical and
neurological harm with little evidence of decay reduction.(8)

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
reports, “Experts no longer recommend giving children oral fluoride
supplements as liquid or tablets.” (8a)
According to the National Library of Medicine, fluoride's side effects
include: (9)

staining of teeth
unusual increase in saliva
salty or soapy taste
stomach pain
upset stomach

The FDA asks that fluoride drug side effects, including dental
fluorosis, be reported at https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/medwatch-online.htm
or [1-800-332-1088].

Despite growing scientific evidence that shows ingesting fluoride does
not reduce tooth decay and can be harmful to health, including
lowering IQ, it seems the CDC has convinced the Pew Charitable Trust
to use its lobbying power and political clout to force more fluoride
into Americans via the water supply, even where voters rejected
fluoridation. (11)



1) “Fluoride supplements (tablets, drops, lozenges or chewing gums)
for preventing dental caries in children,” Cochrane Oral Health Group,
Published Online: Dec 7 2011

2) http://www.scalaw.com/faqs/resources/info/Forbes_Dentistry_Article.pdf

3) http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=20443

4) “Guidance for FDA Staff and Industry Marketed Unapproved Drugs “
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) June 2006

5) http://jada.ada.org/content/139/11/1457.full

6) Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 1999 Feb, “Fluoride supplements and
fluorosis: a meta-analysis,” Ismail and Badekar

7) "The case for eliminating the use of dietary fluoride supplements
for young children," Journal of Public Health Dentistry, Fall 1999,
Burt http://tinyurl.com/2bnoff

8) http://www.fluoride-journal.com/02-35-3/353-212.pdf

8a) http://www.ecels-healthychildcarepa.org/content/3-17-11%20v13vol%2023%20winter%202011%20HL%20ONLINE.pdf

9) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682727.html

10) http://www.FormulaFluoride.Webs.com

11) http://news.yahoo.com/york-state-may-waste-medicaid-dollars-fluoridation-210207781.html
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