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NEW YORK, May 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- Contrary to belief, fluoridation is damaging teeth with little cavity reduction, according to a review of recent studies reported in Clinical Oral Investigations.(1)
Pizzo and colleagues reviewed English-language fluoridation studies
published from January 2001 to June 2006 and write, "Several
epidemiological studies conducted in fluoridated and non-fluoridated
communities 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
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
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
"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,
"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 group.
"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.
SOURCE NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.
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