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April 2, 2013 Facts about Fluoride

It's not hard to see why some people are confused about fluoride and aren't aware of the benefits of consuming fluoridated water. A variety of websites post many pages of content that make allegations without bothering to provide any science that backs up what they claim. Exhibit A: This article… » Read Full Post

The Cost of Giving Into Fear

April 1, 2013 Communities Supporting Fluoride

Anti-fluoride activists are persistent and vocal, and these traits can sometimes mislead elected officials into believing these activists speak for most of the community. And there can be hidden costs when local officials give into the unfounded fears that fluoride opponents raise. Consider the experience of Scappoose, Oregon — a town… » Read Full Post

The Facts Behind the Tea and Skeletal Fluorosis Article

March 28, 2013 Facts about Fluoride

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) recently published an article that may create confusion for some people who only glanced at the headlines it generated. One such headline was this: “Too Much Tea Can Result in Skeletal Fluorosis.” Some anti-fluoride groups hype this fear with irresponsible content like this. But… » Read Full Post

It’s Not Just for Kids

March 26, 2013 Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Dr Eric Reed, a dentist in Collier County, Florida, has written an excellent guest column for his local newspaper, The Naples Daily News. In his column, Dr Reed explains why county officials should stand on the side of science, which shows the safety and effectiveness of community water fluoridation (CWF). Dr Reed… » Read Full Post

Harvard Deans Call Fluoridation “Vital”

March 24, 2013 What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Three of the leading figures of the health community at Harvard University have written a letter expressing their support for community water fluoridation. Dr Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of Harvard Medical School, Dr Bruce Donoff, dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Julio Frenh, dean of the Harvard… » Read Full Post

Memories of Tom McCall

March 23, 2013 Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Oregon is a state where fluoridation has been a frequent topic of discussion in recent years. It has a very low rate of water fluoridation and some alarmingly high rates of tooth decay among children. If you have never lived in Oregon, you probably have no idea who Tom McCall is. He served… » Read Full Post

An Expert’s Perspective on IQ Scores

March 22, 2013 What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Anti-fluoride activists continue to circulate a set of studies from China and other foreign countries, claiming that fluoride lowers IQ scores in children. Those studies have serious flaws, and they are also countered by a peer-reviewed U.S. study from 2009. Dr Gary Whitford of the Georgia Health Sciences University was a… » Read Full Post

Victory in Scappoose

March 20, 2013 Communities Supporting Fluoride

Portland, Oregon residents will vote this spring on a fluoridation ballot measure. But voters in the town of Scappoose — roughly 30 minutes northwest of Portland — just had their say on this issue, voting by a wide margin in favor of maintaining water fluoridation. The final vote gave supporters about 61% of… » Read Full Post

A Common-Sense Column

March 19, 2013 Fluoride in the News

An editor of The News-Tribune in Tacoma, Washington, has written an excellent column about the savings that result when communities fluoridate their drinking water to the optimal level. Patrick O'Callahan writes: I was in my middle twenties before I knew what a cavity was. My friends had them; I almost… » Read Full Post

Iowa Mayor’s Tone-Deaf Remarks

March 13, 2013 Fluoride in the News

The mayor of Hampton, Iowa (Shawn Dietz), recently attacked community water fluoridation, calling it a "heinous intrusion" on individual rights and calling for an end to the practice. A blog at Esquire magazine shared these thoughts: In other words, George Washington didn’t have teeth, why should you? ... Local dentists have lined… » Read Full Post