Academy of General Dentistry responds to water fluoridation study

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Researchers recently published a study questioning the effectiveness and safety of water fluoridation based on maternal exposure to fluoride during pregnancy. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) believes that, according to generally accepted scientific research, fluoride remains safe at the concentrations found in optimally fluoridated water and is a community health measure that benefits children and adults. As oral health professionals, we believe further research should be conducted before the public changes its water consumption habits, especially during pregnancy. We believe that there are too many variables in this study to come to any definitive conclusions, including a lack of funding and a sample size too small to capture true demographics and other environmental or genetic influences.

Tooth decay affects more children in the United States than any other chronic infectious disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC states that, if left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain and infections that hinder eating, speaking, playing and learning. The problem is pervasive, with 92% of adults ages 20 to 64 having had dental caries in their permanent teeth. This number has been found to increase when fluoride is removed from community water supplies.

The controlled addition of a fluoride compound to public water supplies is considered to be the most cost-effective way to prevent cavities and fight tooth decay. The United States Public Health Service has established that the optimal concentration for fluoridation is 0.7 parts per million. This range effectively reduces tooth decay while minimizing the occurrence of dental fluorosis. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to acids that attack enamel and are derived from bacteria in the mouth and certain foods and drinks. By drinking optimally fluoridated water, all members of society — regardless of income, education or ethnicity — can benefit from better oral health, not just those who have access to dental care.

Despite the fact that good oral health is essential for the overall health of both mother and child, a significant number of women in the United States do not visit a dentist during pregnancy. Dental care during pregnancy is not only safe and effective, but also essential for combating the adverse effects of oral disease. During pregnancy, women should continue brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing once a day.

All water supplies, including bottled water, should have appropriate fluoride levels. Simply put — regular fluoride use throughout life will help protect teeth.

You can read more about AGD’s policy on water fluoridation on its website. If you have any questions regarding this topic, please contact AGD’s news team at [email protected] -CINEWS

 

 

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  1. Fluoride may diminish kidney and liver function in adolescents, study suggests — Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    Even at low levels, the fluoride, added to , may be damaging the kidneys and livers of teens throughout the country, researchers report in a new study published in the journal Environment International.
    Read about it in “Physician’s Weekly.”

    https://www.physiciansweekly.com/fluoride-exposure-tied-to-kidney-liver-function-changes-in-youth/

  2. Did you not read what the JAMA Pediatrics editor had to say?

    “The decision to publish this article was not an easy one,” said Dimitri Christakis, the editor of JAMA Pediatrics and a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Christakis appended a note to the study, a first in his career, explaining that the journal subjected the paper to “additional scrutiny.”

    The promoters of fluoridation, including the author here, have shown us absolutely that they will never change their minds or suggest the precautionary principle be applied, no matter what evidence is presented. They have also shown that bias can’t be educated out of someone.

    THE DEGREE OF EFFECT IS COMPARABLE TO WHAT WAS FOUND WITH LEAD!!!

    At lease JAMA Pediatrics has the right person at the helm