City of Phoenix Water Fluoridation: Good or Bad?

In Arizona, many cities have been adding fluoride to the water supply for years, resulting in a marked decrease in children with decayed teeth.  Coming in  September 2012, the Phoenix City Council will reassess fluoridation in the water system.

Is water fluoridation a good thing or a bad thing?  Let’s look at the facts:

*  Fluoride is a mineral, not a medication, and is added at a therapeutic level depending on the natural content of fluoride in the water. Phoenix has added .7 to 1.2 mg/L to the city water.

* The CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) recognizes community water fluoridation as one of ten great health achievements of the 20th century, by protecting teeth from decay.

* Reports in 2011 found Fluoride did not cause bone cancer, and was not found to be carcinogenic by the California Office of Environmental Health Assessment’s Cancer Identification Committee.

* Reputable organizations such as the American Dental Association, The World Health Organization, American Medical Association and many others recognize the health benefits of preventing decay by community water fluoridation.

* According to the April 2000 Journal of Dental Research, half of children between the ages of 5 and 17 have not had a cavity in their permanent teeth, due to the use of fluoride.

As a practicing dentist, I have seen children with the ill effects of being raised in non-fluoridated communities  and have also seen young adults with NO decay, as a result of fluoride exposure.  The only people I have seen with fluorosis due to too much fluoride exposure were kids from Mexico where many things are unregulated, and who lived in rural areas where well water with high fluoride content was the main water source.

I believe that taking fluoride out of the city water would be a mistake, especially for the children, who need extra fluoride protection during the formative years.  Water fluoridation has been effective at reducing cavities in both children and adults.  We have come this far in cavity prevention.  Why reverse this now?  Show your support to the Phoenix City Council for keeping water fluoridation in the City of Phoenix water, on September 11, 2012.

Elizabeth Fleming, DDS and the staff at Desert Ridge Smiles

20950 N Tatum Blvd Ste 280 Phoenix, AZ  85050  480-860-4300

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2 Responses to City of Phoenix Water Fluoridation: Good or Bad?

  1. Nys Cof says:

    Fluoridation Opposition is Scientific, Respectable & Growing

    More than 4,038 professionals (including 331 dentists and 518 MD’s) urge that fluoridation be stopped citing scientific evidence that ingesting fluoride is ineffective at reducing tooth decay and has serious health risks. See statement:

    In 2006, a National Research Council expert panel published a fluoride report which revealed that fluoride, even at low doses added to water supplies, can be especially harmful to the thyroid gland, kidney patients, babies, seniors and people who drink high amounts of water. They also revealed critical fluoride safety studies have never been done.

    After 67 years of water fluoridation, the Centers for Disease Control reports that 60% of 12-15 year-olds are affected with fluoride overdose symptoms – dental fluorosis, white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth. Yet, the CDC says More young kids face cavity crisis in US

    Tooth decay crises are occurring in all fluoridated cities, states and countries because Americans can’t afford dental care. New dental professionals are being created. New dental schools opened and others are planned, according to the American Dental Association.

    New Hampshire passed first ever state-wide fluoride warning law that 6-month-olds should not be routinely fed infant formula mixed with fluoridated water to avoid dental fluorosis.

    Emergency rooms are flooded with people in dental pain, costing taxpayers millions of dollars, because 80% of dentists refuse Medicaid patients, 130 million Americans don’t have dental insurance. Many of those that do can’t afford dentistry’s high out-of-pocket costs. No American is or ever was fluoride-deficient. Too many are dentist-deficient.

    The CDC reports that 326 less communities adjusted for fluoride between 2006 and 2010. Communities that stopped fluoridation are here: http://www.FluorideAction.Net/communities.htm

    • Thanks for your comments on the great fluoride debate. Though you mention a CDC report that states 60% of 12-15 year olds are affected with fluorosis, in our community I have found this to be untrue. 60% would be every other child in that age bracket that comes in as a patient having fluorosis. Could you send me the link to this research?

      There is an affordability problem, in addition to a lack of education, which causes many people to delay dental treatment, or to be treated in an emergency room for their toothache. But these are the exact people that would be helped by drinking fluoridated water, which would reduce the amount of decay in their teeth. Instead, their drink of choice is probably not fluoridated water, but soda, which can cause rampant decay.

      Most of the points you mentioned are not problems due to fluoride in the water system, they are problems with people obtaining affordable dental treatment. Maybe that will be another blog topic in the future!

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