Fluoridation in Action

The ADA: The American Dental Association unreservedly endorses the fluoridation of community water supplies as safe, effective and necessary in preventing tooth decay. The CDC: Fluoridation of community drinking water is a major factor responsible for the decline in dental caries (tooth decay) during the second half of the 20th century. The history of water […]

Goodbye, Fluoridation?

We’re not exactly sure why a fluoride pump that broke three years ago has only now become news in Corpus Christi, but become news it has. According to the city’s Water Quality Manager, “the city hopes to have a new system installed in about two years.” Until then, no added fluoride. And if city officials […]

10 Papers Undercutting Fluoridation Clichés

While we’re on the subject of top 10 lists, Dr. Paul Connett sent out a keeper just before Christmas: “Ten Key Papers that Challenge the Pro-Fluoride Mantra.” That “mantra,” of course, is “that fluoridation is ‘safe,’ ‘effective’ and ‘cost effective.” The 10 papers below provide a strong, science-based counterpoint to pro-fluoridation claims. Notably, several of […]

Towards a Fluoride-Free Future

This week, the Fluoride Action Network and Dr. Mercola have teamed up for Fluoride Awareness Week – a time to draw attention to the science, ethics and politics of uncontrolled fluoride exposure and health. Already, they’ve posted a couple of good articles on the science behind fluoridation and its effects. In the piece below, FAN […]

Getting the Fluoride Out

A couple of quick items from the fluoride front… Fluoridation: “A Public Health Hazard” Reviewing the research on the human health effects of fluoride, a new paper in the Scientific World Journal concludes that the potential damage from ingestion outweighs any benefit: Fluoride has modest benefit in terms of reduction of dental caries but significant […]

A Breath of Fresh Air

Here’s a breath of fresh air, courtesy of a general dentist and dental consultant over in the UK: Fluoridation – whether effective or not – isn’t really worth fighting for. The days of mass medication are surely over. People nowadays know how to look after themselves and have no wish to have additional chemicals added […]

Follow-Up: Davis Says “No” to Fluoridation

Back in June, we told you about a pair of fluoride fights up in Yolo County. Earlier this month, the Davis City Council rejected fluoridation by a vote of 4 to 1. Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson’s comments, reported by the Sacramento Bee, are pointed. “This is one issue that’s not 50-50 – 10-to-1, people are begging […]

Saved by the Fluoride?

A recent article on Slate focuses on “Fourteen Oddball Reasons You’re Not Dead Yet.” Among the 14? Believe it or don’t, fluoride. Yes. Really. There were plenty of miserable ways to die before the mid-20th century, but dying of a tooth abscess had to be among the worst—a slow, painful infection that limits your ability […]

To Rinse or Not to Rinse?

Think about what your teeth are like just before you brush them. They’re probably a little on the gnarly side. Think particles of food, predigested by saliva. Think of bacterial slime coating your teeth. Think of anaerobic microbes partying in your periodontal pockets – bacteria, viruses, yeasts, all doing the happy dance because they’ve been […]

A Fluoridation Fight Closer to Home

Last month, Portlanders again rejected fluoridation – for the fourth time since 1956. Whether for health concerns, environmental concerns, ethical principles or some other reason, voters have made their views plain. Surely, the city has more important things to do than keep trying to push for mass medication. Meantime, two cities much closer to home […]