The story in the August 15 edition, titled, "Dentists: Keep Fluoride in Municipal Water Supplies" was incredible. It's hard to believe that we have dentists who would claim that taking fluoride out of the water would cause everyone to lose their teeth and die. This is a group that says that the claims of those opposed to fluoridation are exaggerated, so why use obvious exaggeration in defense of it?
Any argument in support of fluoride in the water must be exaggerated in light of a 2012 World Health Organization study showing that it has no benefit in dental health.
In that study, the U.S. came in twelfth in dental caries in 12 year olds. Of the 11 countries that finished ahead of the U.S., eight have no water fluoridation and England, only 11%. Listening to these local dentists you would expect the people in these countries to be toothless, but that is not the case.
Another study conducted in Portland, Oregon from 1990-1995 found that communities without fluoride in the water, had statistically identical rates of dental caries to areas with fluoride. Curiously, the dental costs for those with fluoridated water were higher.
This study is important because it was done using people with similar social and economic backgrounds, removing that variable from the equation.
Given these and other studies that demonstrate that there is no advantage to putting poison in our water, while there is known risk, why do local dentists want to harm their patients by poisoning them with a substance which is more toxic than lead?
Fluoride is known to cause reduced cognitive abilities in children (that means it makes them stupid). Why are local dentists lying to us and harming our children? Or have they just ingested too much fluoride?