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Fluoridation: Facts and Fiction

  • Does water fluoridation cause a decrease in bone health?
    No.
  • Do studies show an increase in cancer rates in communities where fluoride is added to the drinking water?
    No.
  • Is dental fluorosis or mottling of the teeth the first visible sign of fluoride poisoning in children?
    No.
  • Is fluoride a poison?
    No.
  • Is fluoride an enzyme poison-does it inhibit the activity of enzymes in humans?
    No.
  • Are there harmful contaminants in the fluorides used for water fluoridation?
    No.
  • Is the cumulative effect of exposure to fluoride from water, air, toothpaste, and foods prepared with fluoridated water dangerous over a lifetime?
    No.
  • Is adjusted water fluoridation considered more harmful than naturally occurring fluoridation?
    No.
  • Is fluoridated water harmful to fish?
    No.
  • Has "industrial grade" fluoride been tested for safety and effectiveness? 
    Yes.
  • Are fluorides used to fluoridate water supplies a waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry and aluminum manufacturing industries?
    No.
  • Does water containing 1.0 ppm fluoride contain poisonous amounts of fluoride after boiling?
    No.
  • Are fluorides approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?
    Not Required.
  • Can the fluoridation of public water supplies be documented as a scientifically proven method in the reduction of dental caries?
    Yes.
  • Does the fluoridation of public water supplies target the group which would benefit the most from its addition, namely infants and young children under the age of 12, and does it have any known benefit for adults?
    Yes.
  • Does fluoridation constitute experimentation on humans without their consent?
    No.
  • Is fluoridation compulsory mass medication? Is everyone compelled to drink fluoridated water?
    No.
  • Are there legal ramifications for mandating the use of an "untested" product for public consumption?
    No.
  • Is water fluoridation a cost-effective means to prevent tooth decay?
    Yes.
  • Is fluoridation considered wasteful because a small proportion of the water goes for human consumption?
    No.

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Last modified on: 5/29/2008 9:19 AM