Water Fluoridation And Dental Health


water fluoridation and dental health

Water Fluoridation Is Neither Safe Nor Effective Against Dental Caries

Water Fluoridation has been instituted in some countries on grounds that it is good for the developing teeth of children. However, mounting scientific evidence indicate that exposures to fluoride is hazardous to health.

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Employee Union consisting of approximately 1500 scientists, lawyers, engineers and other professional employees is opposed to water fluoridation because of “the lack of benefit to dental health from ingestion of fluoride and the hazards to human health from such ingestion.”[1]

Many Countries Reject Water Fluoridation

Water fluoridation involves the addition of fluoride to our drinking water in the final step of municipal water treatment. There are different forms of fluoride, and the one put in drinking water is usually hydrofluosilicic acid or Sodium silicofluoride. However, sodium silicofluoride is a dangerous poison and a by-product of the fertilizer industry. Despite claims that water fluoridation is cost-effective public health measure for the prevention of dental caries, many countries have rejected water fluoridation. They include Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Hungary, Finland, India, Italy, Iceland, Norway, Netherlands and Great Britain.

Studies Show Water Fluoridation Does Not Improve Dental Health

A large scale study conducted in 1986-1987 involving over 39000 children showed no difference in tooth decay from using fluoridated water or non-fluoridated water.[2] Other studies worldwide give the same result. The July 2009 issue of the Journal of American Dental Association also published data that showed no statistical difference in dental cavity rate between children who drank fluoridated water and those who do not.[3]

Health Effects of Water Fluoridation

Fluoride is an enzyme and it inhibits the action of certain hormones in our body, affecting the nervous and digestive systems. It is a major cause of brittle bone and teeth and can cause damage to the brain and kidney. Dental fluorosis, a condition caused by overexposures to fluorides, produces mottled enamel with white, gray or brown spots on the teeth — a direct result of fluoride-induced iodine deficiency during the time of enamel formation. Drinking fluoridated water has also been linked to decrease in I.Q in children as well as cancers.

Water Fluoridation Linked to Decrease IQ and Cancers

A recently published Harvard study showed that children living in areas with highly fluoridated water have “significantly lower” IQ scores than those living in areas where the water has low fluoride levels.[4]

Dr Dean Burk, former chief chemist of the US National Cancer Institute conducted a study on the 10 largest U.S. cities with fluoridation compared to the 10 largest without it. The study demonstrated that deaths from cancer abruptly rose in as little as a year or two after fluoridation began. [5]From his studies he concluded that one tenth of cancer deaths per year in the US are linked with artificial public water fluoridations.[6] In 1990, reports of animal studies, showed clear evidence the fluoride does cause cancers.[7]

Water Fluoridation In Singapore

Singapore started fluoridating its water in 1956 at a time when the leadership decided to gear the country towards progress and prosperity. Several decades after, studies were conducted to assess the dental health of our children and found that there was a significant level of dental fluorosis among our young.[8] In 1996 “the community fluorosis index was at 1.96; 9.2% of children had severe fluorosis and 26.2% had moderate fluorosis.”[9]

How To Safeguard Our Dental Health The Natural Way

In 1915 prominent dentist and research director of the then National Dental Association Dr. Weston Price travelled widely to study how the people of certain remote parts of the world enjoy superb health and have excellent teeth. [10]These people eat traditional diets that are in harmony with nature. Once they moved to modern cities and consume nutrient devoid foods that are rampant in the cities, they started developing cavities. Dr. Price discovered that the primary cause of tooth decay as well as misaligned teeth due misshapen dental arches, is the lack of nutrition.

Nature’s way of perfect tooth enamel with a high resistance to tooth decay is ample nutrition from a wholesome diet. Here is a simple guide to help your child develop healthy beautiful teeth.

1) Ensure that you receive important fat soluble vitamins A and D everyday.

Fat-soluble vitamins A and D are essential for the support of dental health. They aid in balancing the ratio of calcium and phosphorous in our blood and are responsible for the production of well-calcified bones and teeth. Dr. Price recommends cod liver oil is a potent source of both vitamin A and D. In a momentous experiment that was reported in the New Zealand Dental Journal, cod liver oil was found to be effective in re-mineralizing teeth and building resistance to tooth decay. Other sources of fat soluble vitamins include butter, egg yolks and oily fish

2) Avoid all packaged and processed foods as they are often laced with additives and lacking in essential nutrients.

Choose fresh natural mineral rich ingredients and prepare your food at home.

3) Drink lots of pure, clean mineral water.

Tap water contains chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals and other toxic contaminants that are hazardous to our health when consumed over time. Moreover, it is also deficient in health giving minerals. Water in nature is best when it comes out of a spring.

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[1] NTEU 280: Fluoride Why EPA Headquarters’ Union of Scientists Opposes Fluoridation http://www.nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/NTEU280-Fluoride.htm

[2] Water Fluoridation & Tooth Decay Study 1990 by Dr J Yiamouyiannus

[3] “The Association Between Enamel Fluorosis & Dental Caries in US School Children”, Journal of The American Dental Association, July 2009

[4] Impact of fluoride on neurological development in children by Harvard School of Public Health http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/

[5] Clip on interview with Dr Dean Burk, Fluoride causes cancer http://youtu.be/ClqK7XvfLg0

[6] McLellan, Helen. “Consumer Health Articles: FLUORIDATION.” CONSUMER HEALTH. N.p., n.d. Web.29 Sept, 2010. http://www.consumerhealth.org/articles/display.cfm?ID=19990817225011

[7] Sibbison, J.b., “More About Fluoride,” Lancet, Volume 336, No. 8717, p.737 (1990)

[8] Enamel defects in a fluoridated south-east Asian community by Chellappah NK1, Vignehsa H, Lo GL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2090085

[9] Prevalence of dental fluorosis in children in Singapore by Lo GL1, Bagramian RA. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8833510

[10] Price, W. A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration 8th Edition. La Mesa: Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation; 2008:269


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