• Ann Taylor

Who says fluoride is good for you?

The Australian Dental Association (ADA), World Health Organisation (WHO), Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the National Health Medical and Research Council (NHMRC) support the fluoridation of water to help prevent dental decay. The ADA’s position is that drinking optimally fluoridated water, recommended for optimal dental health, is not harmful to human health, and there is no scientific evidence to think otherwise.

However, there are plenty of information resources that present an alternative position, backed by scientific studies and personal and clinical experience, on the toxicity of fluoride and the association between excess fluoride and, interalia:

  • dental fluorosis – resulting in brittle, blotchy, stained teeth (pictured here)

  • worsening dental decay, rather than improving

  • neurotoxic effects, inhibiting brain development, IQ and neuro-behaviour

  • thyroid disease, as it easily displaces iodine

  • skeletal fluorosis, weakening our bones and increasing osteoporosis

  • increasing incidence of the rare bone cancer, osteosarcoma – more common in boys.

Here are some useful resources if you'd like to understand more: : Website for the international coalition Fluoride Action Network (FAN) that provides comprehensive and up-to-date information regarding toxicity of fluoride. : Fluoride Information Australia : Second Look is a not-for-profit initiative that examines controversial public policy issues obscured by media treatment (or lack thereof), political rhetoric, or inaccessible accurate information. Current issues of concern are fluoride poisoning and health effects of electromagnetic radiation. personal experiences of fluoride toxicity why Auckland’s Principal Dental Officer changed his mind about water fluoridation for Dr Mercola’s explanation of fluoride toxicity and an interview with Christopher Bryson who wrote the book “The Fluoride Deception”.

It IS very challenging to reduce exposure to fluoride in our environment, in food and water supplies, in pharmaceutical drugs and dental care, but if this fluoride issue concerns you, here’re some suggestions for action you can take:

This is what we have done: We have a reverse osmosis system that remineralises our water for drinking, washing produce and cooking; we source chemical free fresh food and avoid processed food as much as possible; alternate between fluoride–free and fluoride containing toothpaste; and decline fluoride treatment at our dental checkups.

Feel free to share this information with other people you care about.