Can Maternal Urinary Fluoride Levels Be Associated with Effects in Children?

May 21st, 2024 Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride Dangers, Fluoride in the News

A new study in JAMA Network Open (Malin, et al.) claims to have found an association between mothers’ prenatal fluoride levels and later deficiencies in children’s executive function. This study used “spot samples” of maternal urinary fluoride (MUF) to measure a pregnant woman’s overall exposure to fluoride. Why Spot Samples Are Not Valid for this […]


Albany Residents Will Benefit from Fluoride in Water

April 10th, 2024 Communities Supporting Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride in the News, Sustain or Initiate Fluoridation in your Community

Residents of Albany, the capital city of New York State, will benefit from fluoride in water. The municipality begins to fluoridate its tap water next year. The Common Council in Albany voted 12-0 last month in favor of the proposal, and the mayor has signed the measure. This victory for public health is a long […]


Exposure to Fluoride in Water: How it’s Measured Really Matters

April 2nd, 2024 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride Dangers, Fluoride in water, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Opponents of fluoride in water are quick to cite a 2019 Canadian study (Green et al.) to claim that fluoride affects the IQ of 3 and 4 year old children. A new peer-reviewed analysis refutes the validity of this study, showing that the Canadian researchers relied on invalid measures of both fluoride exposure and IQ. […]


War Moved Kids to a Fluoridated Community

February 21st, 2024 Children's Oral Health, Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health

Amid the fighting of World War II, an urgent need to relocate children in Great Britain led to a powerful discovery — one that helped to revolutionize public health and children’s oral health. In a recent newspaper article, British dentist Ray Lowry told this fascinating story. War moved kids to a fluoridated community. Early in […]


Taking a Fresh Look at British Study on Fluoride in Water

November 7th, 2023 Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride in the News

In recent years, multiple studies have compared communities with and without the preventive health benefits of fluoride in water. Each one of these studies has revealed fluoridation’s benefits, but let’s take a closer look at the most recent study, which was conducted in England. The purpose of CATFISH (Cumbrian Assessment of Teeth a Fluoride Intervention […]


Study: Fluoride in Water Has More Benefits than Free Dental Care

November 2nd, 2023 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Health Equity

A new study has linked community water fluoridation (CWF) in Israel with lower rates of tooth decay. The authors found no link between decay and the effects of free dental services which were mandated in 2014. When Israel adopted nationwide water fluoridation in 2002, tooth decay among children fell significantly. The practice was discontinued in […]


What Does the EPA Say About Fluoride?

July 17th, 2023 Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride in water, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Like any vitamin or trace element, fluoride in water must be properly balanced for maximum benefit to prevent tooth decay. The recommend amount of fluoride in water is currently 0.7 parts per million, a level that prevents both cavities and fluorosis. Although fluoride occurs naturally in all water, in the U.S. it rarely exceeds the […]


Fluoride in the Emerald City – History of Fluoridation in Seattle, Washington

July 5th, 2023 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Communities Supporting Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health

In the early 1950s, health officials in cities across the United States, including those in Seattle, Washington, were eager to replicate the massive success of the first longitudinal fluoridation study in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Seattle-King County Department of Public Health first proposed fluoridating Seattle’s water in 1951. The city council put the proposal to […]


Help For Kids’ Teeth: Another Study Reports “clinically significant” Benefits of fluoride in Water

June 22nd, 2023 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care, Health Equity

A team of researchers in England examined the impact of fluoride in water and reported “strong evidence for a highly clinically significant reduction” in the amount and severity of tooth decay. This new study, The effect of community water fluoridation on dental caries in children and young people in England: an ecological study, focused on […]