Changes to Water Fluoridation

Dental Fluorosis: What is it?

There has been a great deal happening south of the border in the last few weeks regarding  fluoridation and as a member of FAN, The Fluoride Action Network, I would like to share some of the compelling information that has been brought to light.

I am not and never have been in favor of fluoride, especially the practice of water fluoridation, and it would now appear that as a result of this “one dose fits all prescription” there now exists a 41% fluorosis rate in youths 12–15 years old in the United States.  As a result of this, they are lowering their fluoride concentration in the water supply to .7ppm, down from the .7ppm to 1.2ppm range which has existed since 1962.

While this acknowledgement of the negative side-effects of excessive fluoride exposure by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is to be applauded, it still falls short of addressing the issue of dosage which there can be no control over, and that is what supporters of not fluoridating the water supply are so concerned about!

To give you all a better idea of what some of the facts are, lets begin with examining just what Fluorosis is.  Following is an excerpt taken directly from the FAN’s website:

Dental Fluorosis: What is it?

Dental fluorosis is an irreversible condition caused by excessive ingestion of fluoride during the tooth forming years. It is the first visible sign that a child has been overexposed to fluoride.

Fluoride causes dental fluorosis by damaging the enamel-forming cells, called ameloblasts. The damage to these cells results in a mineralization disorder of the teeth, whereby the porosity of the sub-surface enamel is increased.

While the dental profession claims that dental fluorosis is solely a ‘cosmetic’ effect, and not a health effect, this statement is an assumption and not a fact. Certainly, dental fluorosis represents a toxic effect on tooth cells. The question is whether tooth cells are the only cells in the body that are impacted.

As noted by former proponent of fluoridation, Dr. John Colquhoun, “Common sense should tell us that if a poison circulating in a child’s body can damage the tooth-forming cells, then other harm also is likely.”

What are your thoughts? My posts of fluoride have stimulated lots of discussion.  I love getting feedback. Here on my blog, you’ll get commentluv. That’s a plug in that allows you to leave a link back to your own site when you leave a comment.

Until next time,

Kathleen

p.s.

This week we have returned to what’s new in the field of “Naturally Different Oral Health Care”, now that the issue of saving my trees has been resolved amicably, I would like to thank you all for your advice and support throughout the ordeal.

4 thoughts on “Changes to Water Fluoridation

  1. There are many large scientific studies to show that that drinking fluoridated water has no effect on cavity reduction and to show that it causes cancer, thyroid damage, broken hips, lowered IQ and other health problems. The best source for scientific information on fluoridation can be found here: (www.fluoridealert.org).

    If fluoride were “proven,” there should be evidence of its success in Kentucky, which has been 100% fluoridated for over 40 years. Kentucky, however, leads the nation in the number of dental cavities in children, and in the number of completely toothless adults, according to government records. The same ineffectiveness is evident in many states and cities.

    Most of Europe (16 countries) has considered and has rejected fluoridation and is 98% fluoride free. The WHO (United Nations) reports that they have a better tooth decay rate than any fluoridated country.
    If you want fluoride in your water, put it in your own glass of water; leave the rest of us out of it.
    Both the CDC and the ADA have stated polities that infants and babies should not consume fluoride. Exactly why won’t they publicize this policy for young mothers?

  2. Oh i see, no wonder they want to lessen the amount of fluoride in the water. All these years I thought that fluoride is something good but just like any other things, it has its pros and cons and that too much of anything might be harmful.
    well let’s just hope that its negative effect is just on “cosmetic” thing and nothing more.
    Nice article, interesting to read and informative. :-)
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  3. The statistics are proving that fluoride does not prevent tooth decay and in fact is actually harming kid’s teeth. Even worse, it may be harming other areas of the body as well and changes may go unnoticed because it’s at a cellular level.
    Kathleen

  4. You are very well versed and knowledgeable on this subject and I thank you for the time you took to post your comment. As I am Canadian I checked the CDA website and they too do not post that information for young mothers. I am submitting a proposal to my provincial dental hygiene association to suspend our support of water fluoridation and I will be including that particular information with it.

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