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 […]


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 […]


Lack of Fluoridation Shocks Buffalo Health Advocates

February 1st, 2023 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Communities Supporting Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride in the News

City officials and local health advocates in Buffalo, New York, were recently shocked to learn that the city’s water system had stopped fluoridating drinking water in 2015. Regulations established by the Safe Drinking Water Act require a report each April of the previous year’s water quality. Yet, water officials in Buffalo only disclosed this in […]


Claim About Fluoride As a Neurotoxin Fails to Survive Peer Review

February 26th, 2021 Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride in the News

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Following its peer review of a draft research report, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) rejected the report’s claim that fluoride is a neurotoxin. The review issued on February 9, 2021 marked the second time in two years that NASEM found insufficient evidence to justify this claim. The monograph that NASEM reviewed […]


Maternal Fluoride & Children’s IQ

September 12th, 2019 Fluoride and Public Health, 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 […]


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 […]


Initial Observations on the Prenatal Fluoride Exposure Study

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

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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 […]