6 Questions about Fluoridation

Fluoridation – What Everyone Should Know

Beginning with this week’s issue of Mouth to Mouth I am going to explore some of the basic facts regarding fluoridation and why you need to be informed about both sides of a debate that is growing in intensity.

Following are a number of questions and answers taken directly from the Canadian Dental Association’s website.

1.    What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral found in nature. There is fluoride in the ocean, in the earth’s crust and in fresh water.

2.    How does fluoride prevent tooth decay?

Fluoride works by making the outer layer of teeth (called tooth enamel) stronger. When the outer layer is strong, teeth are less likely to get cavities.

3.    Where do I get the fluoride that prevents tooth decay?

Fluoride is provided mainly through drinking water, toothpaste, mouthwash, supplements (chewable tablets or drops), and other materials such as gels and rinses that may be applied during your visit to the dentist.

4.    Why is fluoride added to drinking water if it’s available in other ways?

Adding fluoride to the water is the best way to provide fluoride protection to a large number of people at a low cost. That’s why many towns and cities put fluoride in the water in a controlled manner. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently named fluoridation of drinking water one of the 10 most successful public health measures in this century.

5.    Who watches the fluoride levels in the drinking water?

Health Canada, through a joint federal/provincial committee, is responsible for watching the level of fluoridation in water supplies. In recent years, this committee has recommended that optimal levels of fluoride should be between 0.8 and 1.0 parts per million. This recommendation is based on the fact that many Canadians receive fluoride from many sources. As a result, some communities have lowered the level of fluoride in their water supply, in keeping with this recommendation.

6.    What does “optimal levels” of water fluoridation mean?

Optimal levels of water fluoridation means finding the right balance between putting enough fluoride in the water to maximize the benefits of fluoride exposure while minimizing potential to contribute to dental fluorosis.

However……. a growing body of evidence indicates that fluoride is neither safe or effective and thousands of health, medical, dental and environmental professionals are calling for an end to fluoridation worldwide.

Make no mistake, Fluoride is a drug and it is the only drug in the world that is added to the municipal water supply to actually treat humans.

To quote Dr. Phyllis Mullenix, a pharmacologist/toxicologist; “It is the only drug on the market given in a one dose, fits all situations”.  Further, Dr. Arvid Carlsson, a Nobel Laureate in Medicine states; “In modern pharmacology even if you have a fixed dose of a drug, individuals respond differently to the same dose”

Next week I will further explore this controversial subject but in the meantime, I would ask everyone to find out the answer to this important question:

Does the water coming into your home, office or school contain fluoride?

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