Posted by: nyscof1 | 2007/06/21

Fluoride Harms Not Helps, studies show

New York - May 2007 - Contrary to belief, fluoridation is damaging
teeth with little cavity reduction, according to a review of recent
studies reported in Clinical Oral Investigations.(1)
Fluoride chemicals are added to 2/3 of U.S. water supplies in an
attempt to reduce tooth decay and is in virtually 100% of the food supply.
Yet, the Centers for Disease Control reports cavities are rising in our most
fluoridated generation - toddlers. (1a)

Pizzo and colleagues reviewed English-language fluoridation studiespublished from January 2001 to June 2006 and write, "Several epidemiological studies conducted in fluoridated and non-fluoridatedcommunities suggest that [fluoridation] may be unnecessary for caries prevention..."
They also report that fluoride-damaged teeth spiked upwards to 51%
from the 10-12% found over 60 years ago in "optimally" fluoridated
communities. Dental fluorosis is white-spotted, yellow, brown-stained
and/or pitted teeth.

Fluoridation began in 1945 when dentists thought that ingested
fluoride incorporated into children's developing tooth enamel to
prevent cavities. However, Pizzo's group reports that fluoride
ingestion confers little, if any, benefit and fails to reduce oral
health disparities in low-income Americans.

Also, any difference in fluoride tooth enamel surface concentration
between fluoridated and low-fluoridated areas is minimal. And the
relationship between higher enamel fluoride levels to less tooth decay
was not found.

"Some risk of increasing fluorosis may be attributed to the ingestion
of powdered infant formula reconstituted with fluoridated water... [and]
foods and beverages processed in fluoridated areas... Furthermore, the
use of dietary fluoride supplements during the first 6 years of life
is associated with a significant increase in the risk of developing
fluorosis," they write.

Lawyer Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to
Fluoridation says, "Recent news reports claiming fluoride-free bottled
water caused the cavity increase trends in toddlers are implausible
because rising fluorosis rates clearly indicate that children are over-
fluoridated, not under-fluoridated."

"There's no dispute that too much fluoride damages teeth, actually
making them more decay-prone. Research is indicated to see if fluoride
is causing the cavity escalation," says Beeber.

Some studies Pizzo reviewed focused on communities that stopped water
fluoridation. "...after the cessation, caries prevalence did not rise,
remained almost the same or even decreased further," writes Pizzo's

"In most European countries, where [water fluoridation] has never been
adopted, a substantial decline [75%] in caries prevalence has been
reported in the last decades," they report.

To avoid dental fluorosis, the American Dental Association and the
Centers for Disease Control advise against mixing concentrated infant
formulas with fluoridated water.

"Fluoride is bone- and health-damaging as well," says Beeber.

In 1999, researchers found that children in Connersville, Indiana, (2)
consumed over recommended levels of fluoride even though their water
supply wasn't fluoridated. Organized dentistry still successfully
instigated fluoridation and the American Dental Association (3)
bragged about it, carelessly putting more children at risk of
developing dental fluorosis.


1) "Community Water Fluoridation and Caries Prevention: A Critical
Review," Clinical Oral Investigations, by Giuseppe Pizzo & Maria R.
Piscopo & Ignazio Pizzo &
Giovanna Giuliana 2007 Feb 27; [Epub ahead of print]

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