All About Water Fluoridation
The debate on water fluoridation has been going on for several decades.
Fluoride exists naturally in most, if not all, water supplies, and
history has shown that communities with higher amounts of it in their
drinking water maintained a population with fewer cavities than those
amounts of fluoride. This, along with other studies, led scientists to
the belief that fluoride is necessary for good dental health, a
conclusion which brought on the addition of what some would consider
excessive amounts of fluoride to municipal water supplies. Moreover,
proponents of fluoride claim that water fluoridation is the most
effective way to obtain the amount needed for healthy teeth and bones.
Opponents of water
fluoridation cite scientific studies that have linked fluoride to
disease, namely dental fluorosis - a health condition caused by a
child's overexposure to fluoride during tooth development - and
skeletal fluorosis - a bone disease caused by excessive fluoride
consumption. Some also claim that too much fluoride may cause cancer.
The following is a collection of authoritative resources on the water
fluoridation controversy. A thorough examination of both sides of the
fluoride debate will help readers reach their own, informed conclusions
about the necessity and safety of this controversial policy.
The Fluoride Debate:
A collection of comments from independent scientists, in response to
arguments presented by the American Dental Association's booklet, Fluoridation Facts.
for Disease Control and Prevention - Community Water Fluoridation:
The CDC recognizes water fluoridation as "one of the 10 great public
health achievements of the 20th century." This site provides an
overview of a variety of topics related to fluoride in drinking water,
including benefits, fluoride safety, National statistics, guidelines
Information Network: The FIN exists to educate people on the
benefits of water fluoridation. This organization maintains that it is
not only safe, but is also the most effective way to
obtain the fluoride needed for optimal dental health.
Fluoride Action Network:
A collection of links related to the health risks associated with water
fluoridation. Site includes media coverage of fluoride issues as well
as the political history of water fluoridation in the U.S. and beyond.
neutral stance on water fluoridation provided by Wikipedia, in article
format. Discusses issues related to ethics, safety and efficacy, as
well as the history of water fluoridation and conspiracy theories on
fluoride in drinking water.
Institute - Fluoridated
Water, Questions and Answers: A short fact sheet on
fluoridated water that addresses the dental benefits; also discusses
the history of fluoridated water in the U.S. along with citing several
studies that have shown no link between cancer and water fluoridation.
A national nonprofit
initiative whose goal (as the name implies) is to provide a "second
look" at public policies that are controversial and often distorted by
the media so as to primarily highlight the apparent benefits while
hiding the associated risks from the public. The initiative's main
focus is on water fluoridation, and the site provides a collection of
links to position papers and scientific studies that point out the
of this public policy.
Warning: This Daily
Habit is Damaging Your
Bones, Brain, Kidneys, and Thyroid: In this video, Dr.
interviews Dr. Paul Connett, head of the Fluoride
Action Network, on
the dangers of fluoride in public water supplies.