Pediatricians Prefer Prevention

June 11th, 2018 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Facts about Fluoride, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Guest Blog Post by Lori Byron, MD, FAAP, Member Executive Committee, Council on Environmental Health, American Academy of Pediatrics Good overall health includes good oral health! Fortunately, dental health has improved radically in the past century. Unfortunately, Black, Latinx, and Native American children, and those from families with low incomes, continue to experience health disparities, oral […]


New Study: No Neurotoxic Effect

April 24th, 2018 Fluoride in the News, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

In recent years, critics of community water fluoridation (CWF) have pointed to some studies as supporting their concerns that fluoride is a neurotoxin that can lead to lower IQs or cognitive scores among children. Experts have examined those studies and cited significant weaknesses or limitations. Nonetheless, researchers in multiple countries have continued to explore this […]


AAPD Policy on the Use of Silver Diamine Fluoride for Pediatric Dental Patients

October 31st, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Guest Blog Post by Yasmi O. Crystal DMD, MSc, FAAPD Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry NYU College of Dentistry   When very young children or children with special needs have cavities, placing fillings in their teeth can be a challenge for all involved. These children often need to be sedated or put to sleep […]


Initial Observations on the Prenatal Fluoride Exposure Study

September 21st, 2017 Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride in the News, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

A new study published by Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) reports data from Mexico showing an association between higher fluoride urine levels among pregnant women and lower cognitive function among their offspring. This study is a welcome addition to scientific inquiry on the effects of fluoride. Using mother-child pairs, the study, Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive […]


Adding to the Research on Thyroid & Fluoride Exposure

August 30th, 2017 What the Experts Say about Fluoride

A new study finds no association between fluoride exposure and thyroid function. Fluoride exposure and indicators of thyroid functioning in the Canadian population: implications for community water fluoridation, was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health on August 24, 2017. This study performed multiple analyses, beginning with a nationally representative data set based […]


Fake News: Not a New Problem

January 5th, 2017 Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride in the News, Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Fake news is not new. Those of us who talk to patients and communities about fluoride and fluoridation are very familiar with the phenomenon. In recent years, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing web articles like this one about Dallas officials ending community water fluoridation. On the contrary, the Dallas City Council voted to continue this […]


History Is Full of Bad Decisions

October 10th, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

We all have them, those cringe-inducing photos from 10 years ago. Did we really wear those colors? What made us like that hair style? Over time, change is inevitable. Even scientific facts and evidence evolve and change. That’s why, for example, in 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services revised the recommended level of […]


Fluoride Really Saved our Teeth

July 18th, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Maria Marquez is a pediatrician in the nation’s capital and a champion of children’s oral health. She knows from both professional and personal experience how much difference water with fluoride means to the health of children’s teeth. That’s why she shared her personal story with us in this new video, Fluoride Really Saved our Teeth. […]


National Toxicology Review of Fluoride

July 12th, 2016 Facts about Fluoride, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently read a research review of fluoride that was conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), and the CDC released a letter declaring that it “maintains its confidence that optimally fluoridated drinking water is a safe and effective tool to prevent tooth decay in children […]


Tap Water and Quality Standards

June 3rd, 2016 Fluoride and Public Health, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

A Philadelphia newspaper recently asked Dr Neilanjan Nandi about things people should know if they drink bottled water or reuse the same plastic bottles. Dr Nandi is an assistant professor at the Drexel University College of Medicine. Among other things, Dr Nandi offered a helpful reminder that most brands of bottled water lack enough fluoride […]