Water Fluoridation

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Fluoride is a either a safe, naturally occurring element that helps prevent tooth decay or a malicious/foolish ploy by a conspiracy. Either way, water in Davis is not supplemented with fluoride, so those who can afford it can have it either way, choosing to add fluoride into their daily regimen or not. The natural levels of fluoride in Davis tap water are about 0.2 ppm, which is 1/3 the optimal level for the health benefits. Sacramento and Roseville supplement the municipal water supplies to optimal fluoride levels. Recent (late 2010) government evaluations have changed the recommended optimal levels of fluoride in drinking water from 1ppm to 0.7ppm. This change was based upon increasing levels of mild fluorosis in children and adolescents. Mild fluorosis causes minor (but harmless) visual imperfections in the teeth.

The city council considered a fluoridation project in 2013, but rejected it in an October vote of the same year. [WWW]Link More recent developments regarding the fluoridation of drinking water include a movie: [WWW]An Inconvenient Tooth - movie

Black tea and green tea are high in fluoride. Tea leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) contain a high concentration of fluoride and aluminum.

In fact, one woman suffered from high levels of fluoride because she made daily ice tea with a huge amount of tea bags over several years. She received an x-ray that showed dense areas in her skeleton. At first, doctors thought that she had bone cancer, however they soon discovered that it was due to excessive fluoride consumption. Over time, the body will eliminate the excess fluoride and the bones will return to normal due to the normal breakdown and renewal of bone material.

Fluoride is found in many everyday sources from tea, to orange juice from concentrate, to apple juice from concentrate, to soda, to bottled drinks, to milk, to cheese, to yogurt, etc. Soda is made with water from municipal water supplies that are fluoridated. Milk, cheese, ice cream, and yogurt come from cows that drink municipal water that is fluoridated. Many other foods are made with water that comes from fluoridated municipal water supplies. Animals raised for food consumption drink water from fluoridated water supplies. Crops are watered with fluoridated water. There is fluoride everywhere in our food supply. Of course, the fact that it is ubiquitous says nothing about whether it is safe or not because there are too many confounding factors and no control group; you need a control group to compare outcomes for those who are consuming fluoride in some specified amount to those who are not consuming fluoride.

Some people say that there are other concerns about our water and food supply that are much more important such as lead and arsenic in bottled fruit juices from concentrate or chickens that are fed arsenic to fatten them up.

Due to budget cuts, Sacramento may stop fluoridating the municipal water. By doing this, the city can save about $1 million per year. However, some counter that in the long run this will likely increase the need for state/federal funded dental programs because the fraction of a second a fluoride ion contacts a tooth while passing through one's mouth considerably increases dental hygiene.

Many of the factual/biased pieces of information on this page are taken from the Sacramento District Dental Society [WWW]website
For a healthy counterbalance in your water fluoridation opinions/knowledge , [WWW]look here

FluorideMonitor.jpegFluoride monitor (at left) in a community water tower pumphouse, Minnesota, 1987. [WWW]Wikipedia Courtesy

  1. Facts About Fluoride
  2. Myths about Fluoride
  3. FAQ

Facts About Fluoride

Myths about Fluoride

ItsATrap.pngIn the 1950s, water fluoridation was claimed to be a communist plot to weaken the United States

Myth: Fluoridation causes a decrease in bone health.

Myth: In communities where fluoride is added to the drinking water there is an increase in cancer rates.

Myth: Fluoride is a poison.

Myth: There are harmful levels of contaminants in the fluorides used for water fluoridation.

FluoridePoisoning.pngYes, you do need to call poison control if you swallow your fluoridated toothpaste, but don't worry, it's perfectly safe to drink your fluoridated water everyday.


What is fluoride and how does it reduce tooth decay?

What is water fluoridation?

Why have some individuals and groups objected to water fluoridation?

Aren’t there other effective alternatives to community water fluoridation?

Is tooth decay still a serious problem?

Do adults benefit from fluoridation?

Is bottled water fluoridated?

I have a Brita filter - is it removing the fluoride from my water?

Does my child need a fluoride prescription?


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2010-02-25 09:55:34   [WWW]"Topically-applied fluoride doesn't prevent tooth decay. It does render teeth detectable by spy satellites."hankim

2010-02-26 06:12:12   Fluoride is neither a nutrient nor required for healthy teeth. Ingesting fluoride does not reduce tooth decay; but does expose entire populations to fluoride's adverse health effects.

An expert panel convened by the National Research Council, at the behest of the Environmental Protection Agency, reviewed recent scientific evidence concerning fluoride's toxicity and reveals that fluoride, even at the low levels added to water supplies, can cause damage to bones, thyroid, teeth and can be harmful to kidney patients, babies and high water drinkers. The NRC panel said that the maximum contaminant level goal of fluoride in public water supplies is too high to be protective of health and must be lowered.

At least three NRC panel members recommend that the MCLG of fluoride be as close to zero as possible —nyscof

2010-02-26 09:47:49   It is correct that fluoride does not need to be ingested to get its benefits, also it is not required for healthy teeth (but it sure helps). Fluoride is not considered a nutrient, but is considered an important (not essential) trace element. Topical fluoride DOES reduce tooth decay (There is absolutely NO debate about this) and ingesting fluoride provides fluoride ions for secretion into saliva for it to work its topical effects. To see how fluoride works, see the above FAQ. The benefits of fluoridation are primarily a public health measure, it primarily helps children who might otherwise receive poor oral health care. I support public fluoridation, but I can understand and respect people's opposition to it. —DagonJones

2011-07-20 20:05:47   Is there any way to get high on fluoride? Sometimes that other dental drug gets boring. —ScottMeehleib

2011-07-20 22:54:44   I took some fluoride when I was younger, it was tasteh! —StevenDaubert

2013-05-02 21:28:37   The ADA no longer recommends blanket use of fluoride supplements for most children in unfluoridated areas, as they had recommended for decades. In the November 2010 JADA they published their new recommendation which is to prescribe fluoride supplements only to children who are at high risk of caries and only after doing an assessment of their other sources of fluoride intake. See full article here: [WWW]http://jada.ada.org/content/141/12/1480.full.pdf+html

2013-05-04 21:15:14   This article is terrible. A good place to start reviewing water fluoridation is the article "Systematic review of water fluoridation" - BMJ. 2000 October 7; 321(7265): 855–859. [WWW]http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC27492/ . The paper finds non-significant benefits in the meta-analysis, but concludes that most of the studies are of poor quality. We don't really know if it is of benefit, and we don't know how it harms people. We do know however that fluoride is toxic, and there is no nutritional requirement for it by the body.

2013-09-24 09:49:50   Here's a statement by Dr. J. William Hirzy, Vice President of the EPA Headquarters Union where he says that the EPA asked to be taken off the ADA's list of supporters for fluoridation. According to him the toxicity of fluoride (presumably he means either sodium fluoride or hexafluorosilic acid, which are the types of fluoride used for water fluoridation) is between that of lead and arsenic, but the EPA has set a far higher limit on its safety level than for the other two.


2013-10-10 12:42:09   I think this page contains very, very biased information. Unfortunately it is so much, I don't know where to start. —ConstantiaOomen

2013-10-10 12:56:57   Please not that the city of Davis has REJECTED water fluoride, and please note that the information on this page is not the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: [WWW]http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/02/5789826/davis-rejects-fluoride-in-city.html

Want to add a voice of reason: [WWW]Link
"James Reeves: The solution for the fluoridation issue is very simple.
1. Take the toxic waste fluoride chemical out of the drinking water.
2. It is still legal and available, so those who wish to take it can then put fluoride in their own glass of water.
3. Leave the rest of us out of it, giving everyone the freedom of choice.

I think the Dentist who commented a few comments up was truthful and objective with his comment ~SD

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