Fluoridation to expand in New Zealand

August 22nd, 2022 Communities Supporting Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride in the News

Community water fluoridation is being expanded in phases to new communities in New Zealand, and the initial phase includes 14 local water systems. This announcement follows last year’s decision by the nation’s parliament to give the Director-General of Health new authority to make fluoridated water available in more communities. Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, the Director-General of […]

Review: Science Doesn’t Back NTP Conclusion

April 1st, 2020 Fluoride in the News

Last fall, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) released a draft monograph with the conclusion that “fluoride is presumed to be a cognitive neurodevelopmental hazard to humans.” Before finalizing its monograph, NTP asked a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) to assess whether its conclusion is supported by the scientific evidence. […]

Maternal Fluoride & Children’s IQ

September 12th, 2019 Fluoride in the News

Fluoride in water is an important way to prevent tooth decay, which causes millions of lost hours of work and school each year. We know from seven decades of scientific research that an optimal level of fluoride in water is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults. Children […]

What You Need to Know About Fluorosis Today

April 26th, 2019 Fluoride in the News

Fluoride is an important mineral, especially for children. Our mouths contain bacteria that use sugars in the foods we eat and the beverages we drink to produce an acid that harms our teeth. Fluoride protects our teeth. But too much fluoride can cause something called dental fluorosis. Dental fluorosis is a slight change in the […]

Breaking News! Water Fluoridation Helps Reduce Decay in U.S. Kids and Teens

July 10th, 2018 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride in the News, Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

A new analysis has found that community water fluoridation (CWF) reduces decay by as much as 30-39% in children’s baby teeth (primary dentition) and by 12-24% in permanent teeth. The analysis was complex. It merged National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) results with Water Fluoridation Reporting System (WFRS) data and ran multivariate analyses with […]

New Study: No Neurotoxic Effect

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

In recent years, opponents 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 […]