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UK Against Fluoridation

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

UK - Parliament

Photo of Paul BeresfordPaul Beresford Chair, Administration Committee

As my hon. Friend is probably aware, I have a part-time job in which I deal with a preventable disease: caries. In dentistry we spend £34 million to £38 million on this preventable disease. Will he consider looking seriously at how we could persuade local authorities to put fluoride in the water supply to prevent caries?

Photo of Stephen HammondStephen Hammond Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

My hon. Friend will know that the plan has much on prevention in primary care and public health. I offer to meet him, and I will listen carefully. He tempts me down a line that I would rather not go down tonight.

Fluoride moratorium? Utah legislator wants assurances after Sandy water ordeal

SANDY — A Utah lawmaker says a statewide moratorium on pump injectors delivering fluoride to drinking water may be necessary in light of Sandy's recent experience with malfunctioning equipment.

Rep. Steve Handy, R-Layton, said he is concerned those delivery systems are unsafe after high concentrations of undiluted fluoride were released into a portion of Sandy's drinking water system over a period of up to 48 hours.
The contamination happened in the aftermath of an overnight power outage Feb. 5 in which the pump delivering fluoride kicked on, but the water did not.
The acidic concentration of fluoride ate away at piping, elevating levels of copper and lead in the water, prompting a weekend no drink order for that area of the city from Feb. 15 until Feb. 17.
Several adults were sickened, and at least one infant was ill from ingesting formula mixed with the contaminated water.
Fallout over how Sandy officials handled the contamination, particularly notification procedures, continues to unfold with ramifications that could last months, or possibly years.
Among those impacts:
• The state of Utah is requiring the city of Sandy to move from sampling drinking water for lead and copper 30 times every three years to collecting at least 60 samples every six months in a monitoring change that could increase in even more frequency and last for an unknown duration.
• Heightened political interest in Handy's HB360 to require implementation of a $5 million mandatory testing and mitigation program for lead in drinking water in Utah's schools and more than 400 child care centers.
• Renewed controversy over fluorinating drinking water, its cost and whether it is safe.
• Increasing accountability for water systems that deliver to nonresidents outside political boundaries.......................................

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather - KITV Channel 4

UK - Parliament

Photo of Frank FieldFrank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent comparative assessment he has made of the (a) level of fluoride in water supplied by regional water suppliers and (b) effect of those levels on child dental health.

Photo of Steve BrineSteve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care


The most recent comparative assessment can be found in Public Health England’s ‘Water Fluoridation Health Monitoring Report for England (2018)’ which can be viewed at the following link:
This gives a detailed description of the effects on dental health of living in areas with a water fluoridation scheme (containing ≥0.7mg/l fluoride) compared to areas without a water fluoridation scheme.
The report found that in areas where there is a water fluoridation scheme children aged five in deprived areas are 39% less likely to experience tooth decay and children in deprived areas are 68% less likely to be admitted to hospital for dental extractions.
The report found that water fluoridation is an effective and safe intervention to improve oral health and reduces inequalities.









Monday, February 18, 2019

Hawaii - Your Views

Fluoride needed
State Sen. Karl Rhoads’ proposal that tiny amounts of fluoride be added to public drinking water is long overdue, and children, as well as family budgets, are suffering.

Since 1945, fluoridation has proven to be a cheap but effective way to significantly reduce tooth decay not only in children but in adults as well. I hate to read that our keiki have the worst dental health in the country!
Having spent much of my childhood drinking nonfluoridated water, I can bear witness to the pain of having many cavities. I hated the drilling, and sometimes even the extraction, of diseased teeth. The common sight of relatives’ dentures soaking was a warning to me of what nonfluoridated water could do to teeth.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring and common part of the natural environment, and the very small amount that is added to drinking water would save families from many unneeded dental procedures.
Perhaps Sen. Rhoads could explore the practicality of making fluoride available for use by catchment owners as well?
Nan Sumner-Mack

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Fluoride – Healthy or Harmful?

Summary:

  • Fluorine has no nutritional or physiological functions in the body.
  • Synthetic fluorides are a toxic chemical by-product of large manufacturing companies.
  • Fluorides cause dental and skeletal fluorosis, arthritic symptoms, cellular changes in liver, kidneys, adrenal glands and reproductive organs as well as bone deformations and increased risk of fractures.
  • Fluoride affects thyroid function, fertility and intelligence.
  • There is no known antidote for fluoride toxicity and it is nearly impossible to remove from water once added.



Is it fluoride toothpaste the astronauts swallow?

Saturday, February 16, 2019

USA - Sandy estimates 600 homes affected by water contamination, says to flush water systems

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — In a press conference Friday evening, officials from Sandy City clarified that an estimated 600 homes' water systems were contaminated with lead and copper.
The city said the contamination was due to elevated levels of fluoride in the water from a pump that malfunctioned after a power outage last week.

The areas estimated to be affected by the contamination were homes between 10600 South to 11400 South and 2000 East to 700 East. 
Officials estimated this area consisted of about 600 homes
Residents with homes within the affected area were advised to flush their water systems by running hot water on all taps for 30 minutes, then cold water for 30 minutes.
The city said reports of people becoming ill from drinking water first surfaced last week. Officials began an investigation, which included immediately flushing the water system and turning off the pump that caused the excess of fluoride. They indicated that pump would not be turned on again until it was examined by state engineers.
Water samples were sent for testing, results of which came back positive for lead and copper on Friday. The city indicated in its press conference that it believed the problem to have been mitigated in the interim between when first reports of illness surfaced and Thursday.
Between Feb. 7 and Thursday, city officials said at least five household reported individuals were sickened by the water.
Sandy's mayor, Kurt Bradburn, said the city would be happy to credit utility bills for all contaminated water. More information about the incident can be found online here.
Individuals who believe they may have been exposed to the elevated fluoride levels were advised to contact Utah Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Darlington and Stockton Times - letter

ON January 31, a colleague and I attended a full council meeting at Darlington Town Hall, with contributions (and questions) relevant to water fluoridation. We turned out on a freezing night, but we were not allowed to speak due to a breach of protocol, essentially an addressing error – it was mine, and it will not happen again.
One question related to a 2007 paper showing that silico-fluorides used to fluoridate water around the world (and ten per cent of England’s drinking water) can produce chemicals which may disrupt normal nerve function, and could also explain the mechanism of disfiguring dental fluorosis. Do not believe the mantra that this condition is “cosmetic”. Do the research – join the fight.
The other question related to new data which indicates the incidence of tooth decay in five-year-old Darlington children has declined by 25.4 per cent very recently, while tooth decay in children in the fluoridated West Midlands increased by 9.8 per cent in the same period.
The North-East as a whole now has a seven per cent lower incidence of decay than the West Midlands, and most of the children examined in our region were drinking water without fluoride.
The message to our kids, parents and teachers is “well done – whatever you are doing, keep it up”.
But you should know that mass-medication is on the horizon.
M Watson, Darlington

Thursday, February 14, 2019

World expert on lead now warns of fluoride's neurotoxicity

World expert on lead now warns of fluoride's neurotoxicity


NEW YORK: A major review article in the journal Pediatric Medicine by Dr. David Bellinger includes fluoride in a list of chemicals known or suspected to interfere with the neurodevelopment of children, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).

Bellinger, recognized as one the leading experts in the world on the neurotoxicity of lead, holds three important positions in Boston: two at Harvard and one at Boston Children's Hospital.

In his review of fluoride's neurotoxicity, Bellinger cites the meta-analysis of 27 IQ studies from China and Iran (Choi et al., 2012); a follow-up study in China he co-authored (Choi et al., 2015) and the more recent US-government funded mother-offspring studies from Mexico City (Bashash et al., 2017 and 2018). These latter studies, which controlled for many possible confounders, found a very strong association between fluoride levels in the pregnant mothers' urine and lowered IQ in their offspring. These fluoride urine levels from the mothers in Mexico City correspond to the fluoride levels in pregnant women in fluoridated communities in Canada (Till et al., 2018).

While the mainstream media covered the Choi meta-analysis from 2012, they have ignored all the major neurotoxicity studies published since then. Meanwhile, they continue to go overboard on low-quality studies that focus on tooth decay.

According to Paul Connett, PhD, FAN Director, We hope that when more pediatricians read about these important neurotoxicity studies -especially the mother-offspring studies- that they will warn women of child-bearing age to avoid all sources of fluoride during pregnancy and parents not to bottle-feed their infants with formula prepared with fluoridated tap water.

Connett added, There are over 350 published studies on fluoride's effect on the brain: 130 human studies, over 200 animal studies, and 33 cell studies.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Canada - London Council

Fluoride change turned down

Despite a monologue about the dangers of fluoride from Coun. Michael van Holst that stretched more than 20 minutes, council voted decisively against investigating a lower fluoridation rate.
Coun. Paul Van Meerbergen pointed to his previous council term, when the same fluoridation debate raged, saying the arguments and the players are just the same. He urged his colleagues to reject “junk science.”
Only van Holst, Steve Hillier and Elizabeth Peloza voted in favour of having staff report back on lowering the fluoridation rate from 0.7 to 0.6 parts per million. All others voted against.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Twitter

Dear : we know every 5th American will be diagnosed with arthritis by the end of the next decade & we know kills cartilage cells. Why is not being investigated as causing the arthritis epidemic? Afraid to offend dentists?

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Not allowed

Story image for fluoride from MDJOnline.com

Water fluoride controversy playing out in Ida County, Iowa

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Saturday, February 09, 2019

Friday, February 08, 2019

Hawaii - Letter for Thursday, February 7, 2019

Don’t let government put fluoride in water
For those who are not normally involved in the legislative process, what a great time to speak out with everything you have. This is thanks to (D) Sen. Karl Rhoads’ recent proposed legislation to fluoridate (poison) your water here in Hawaii. For anyone who is in doubt of how toxic fluoride is, simply look at the side of your toothpaste where it says, “If swallowed call poison control.”
The painful irony behind the proposed legislation is the supposed benefit to our teeth. Just one of the many known negative effects of fluoride is dental and skeletal fluorosis. So why in the world would we put it in our water? I’d say that’s a great question that also applies to the long list of known poisons our government allows in our food and water.
By definition fluoride is a drug. A drug should be dosed appropriate to a patient’s needs, not be flagrantly “dumped” in the public water supply. There are far too many negative effects of fluoride to list but I say as the people of Hawaii we only need one simple premise to reject fluoride. That is we all have the right to decide for ourselves what drug we wish and not wish to take. We should never allow our government to drug the population in mass for any reason.
Many other municipalities around the country have also awakened to the toxicity of fluoride in the water and are starting to remove it. We should be eliminating fluoride from the water supply nationwide, not adding it!
Michael Newgent, Kapaa

USA The debate on water fluoridation





HEALTH

The debate on water fluoridation in New Jersey continues

BY Michael Hill, Correspondent | 



The big goal: raising awareness and improving children’s oral health. The CDC says one in four children under five has cavities and tooth decay is an infectious disease that can kill.
The Rutgers clinic says New Jersey’s lack of fluoride in its water harms half the children who come here. Interim Pediatric Dentistry at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Chairman Dr. Glenn Rosivack says some young patients’ decay is so bad they need emergency surgery.
“We see the worst dental cavities here because we are a safety net for these children,” said Rosivack. “It truly is a shame that the children of New Jersey, as I said, are showing up in the emergency room, showing up here in our dental clinic, again, with pain, with infections when this could be easily solved.”
Rosivack’s solution: a law to mandate suppliers add fluoride to water. He says every dollar spent fluoridating water saves $38 in dental fillings.
“If there was another epidemic — which dental cavities are an epidemic – the Legislature would be acting on it. But, with this, they’re not,” Rosivack said.
Sen. Joseph Vitale’s bills to require suppliers to add fluoride to their water have languished and then reintroduced. He says he thinks he has the votes now and a governor who would sign the bill into law in a state that ranks almost dead last, 49th in America, in fluoridating its water.
“Now we have an opportunity to do smart public health where states like Kentucky, states down south and the Midwest, who you wouldn’t think are progressive in terms of public health, do this and it works for them,” said Vitale.
Executive Director of the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission Tim Eustace isn’t keen on the legislation. Eustace, who was once the vice chair of the state Assembly Health Committee, says he was opposed to it when he was in the Legislature.
“The idea of adding a chemical to the water for a small portion of the population I think is a mistake. It’s an expensive mistake. Again, we’re charged with removing pollutants from the water not adding pollutants to the water,” Eustace said.
Eustace says 12 to 14 percent of the state’s water supply is fluoridated. Towns across the country have been removing and banning fluoride from their water. Studies contradict each other on fluoridation benefits. Some say it prevents decay. Others say it’s hard to regulate and can lead to learning and thyroid issues, but medical and dental associations insist the science dictates fluoridation.
“The idea of let’s say fluoridating, let’s say 30 billion gallons of clean water is akin to hunting ducks with a howitzer. This is a very specific problem that could be dealt with with toothpaste,” Eustace said.
The debate over fluoridated water in America has raged for years. New Jersey is squarely in the middle of it, and it seems the only change that will take place in this state may come from the lawmakers in Trenton.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Hawaii - Letter for Thursday, February 7, 2019

Don’t let government put fluoride in water
For those who are not normally involved in the legislative process, what a great time to speak out with everything you have. This is thanks to (D) Sen. Karl Rhoads’ recent proposed legislation to fluoridate (poison) your water here in Hawaii. For anyone who is in doubt of how toxic fluoride is, simply look at the side of your toothpaste where it says, “If swallowed call poison control.”
The painful irony behind the proposed legislation is the supposed benefit to our teeth. Just one of the many known negative effects of fluoride is dental and skeletal fluorosis. So why in the world would we put it in our water? I’d say that’s a great question that also applies to the long list of known poisons our government allows in our food and water.
By definition fluoride is a drug. A drug should be dosed appropriate to a patient’s needs, not be flagrantly “dumped” in the public water supply. There are far too many negative effects of fluoride to list but I say as the people of Hawaii we only need one simple premise to reject fluoride. That is we all have the right to decide for ourselves what drug we wish and not wish to take. We should never allow our government to drug the population in mass for any reason.
Many other municipalities around the country have also awakened to the toxicity of fluoride in the water and are starting to remove it. We should be eliminating fluoride from the water supply nationwide, not adding it!
Michael Newgent, Kapaa

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

USA - City to study lowering fluoridation level

Politicians on the civic works committee recommended staff report back on lowering the rate of water fluoridation in the city’s water supply after a lengthy series of presentations about the benefits and perceived dangers of the practice, a debate that re-emerges often in council chambers when anti-fluoridation Londoners raise their voices.
But this time, Coun. Shawn Lewis offered  a motion to investigate reducing the level of fluoride in the water, from 0.7 parts per million – as recommended by Health Canada – to 0.6 parts per million, to acknowledge the concerns raised Tuesday. Those arguments included a strange demonstration from Michael van Holst, who brought 100,000 cinnamon hearts in plastic bins in a bid to demonstrate how the level of fluoride in toothpaste vastly outweighs the level in drinking water.
The region’s top public health officer, Chris Mackie, said a rate of 0.6 parts per million is used in some communities and has “some scientific support.”
The committee voted 4-2 to recommend staff report on reducing fluoridation. Lewis, van Holst, Elizabeth Peloza, and Phil Squire voted in favour, while Mayor Ed Holder and Steve Lehman were opposed.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

FAN Press Release

Dental Fluorosis is Out of Control
But the Media is Missing the Elephant in the Room
When fluoridation began in 1945, promoters believed that the trade-off for reducing tooth decay would be 10% dental fluorosis, but by 1986-7 the prevalence had jumped to 23% and then by 2004 to 41% (Beltrán-Aguila et al, 2010) now it stands at a whopping 65% (Neurath, 2019, in press), reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).

A spate of news stories – triggered by a CDC report  - focused on kids swallowing too much toothpaste. But according to Paul Connett, PhD, FAN Director, "The defenders of water fluoridation are missing the real story. Dental fluorosis is a biomarker of over-exposure to fluoride and the 'elephant in the room' is what damage fluoride is doing to other tissues."

Recent scientific research indicates that exposure to fluoridated water may lower thyroid function (Peckham et al, 2015 and Malin et al, 2018) and 350 published studies indicate that fluoride can damage the brain.  

The latter includes a major U.S.-government funded mother-offspring study conducted in Mexico City (Bashash et al, 2017). This rigorous study found a very strong association between fluoride levels in mothers' urine and lowered IQ in their offspring. The fluoride levels in this study correspond to levels in pregnant women living in fluoridated areas in Canada (Till et al, 2018) and almost certainly the USA.

While it is understandable that die-hard promoters of fluoridation should be fixated on any study dealing with teeth it is less understandable why the media should ignore fluoride's impact on the brain.

The fetal brain is under attack from several environmental toxins (Grandjean & Landrigan, 2014Bellinger, 2018) but only one, fluoride, is deliberately added to our water. There are safer ways to prevent dental caries than exposing the fetus to a neurotoxicant.

Many scientists are intimidated by the dismissal of fluoridation opponents as being akin to "Dr. Strangelove's" mad general. Repeating the dogma that fluoridation is "safe and effective" many times does not make it so.

Connett urges more scientists to overcome this dogma and intimidation and review the brain studies themselves. In addition to Bashash and Bellinger the other fluoride-brain studies are readily accessible.

Connett added that, "I believe that the intellectual ability of future generations depends on their willingness to do this. Neither intimidation nor dogma has a place in science or public health."  

Canada - Calls to remove the chemical from London’s water supply

London, ON, Canada / 106.9 The X
Calls to remove the chemical from London’s water supply have been growing in recent years and city hall is due to hold public inquiries about whether or not to keep it in drinking water. The meeting will feature Middlesex London Health Unit representatives and Dr. Chris Mackie who has been an outspoken advocate for public health and Fluoride in drinking water. Groups opposed to the chemical being used in public utilities are expected to present at city hall as well. Health officials and researchers have stated that much of the ‘science’ supporting fluoride removal is deep within the realm of conspiracy theories and slanted information.
Lara Timler will be representing Fanshawe College and Dental Hygienists in London and will be advocating for the safety of using fluoride and hopes to debunk many of the myths surrounding fluoride.....................

FAN Newsletter

All-star NFL Quarterback Warns Against Fluoride
 
[Graphic Credit: Karen Spencer]
Sorry Ram Fans, but the Patriot’s quarterback knows what it takes to win.  And fluoride-free water is one of his advantages; so instead of getting mad, campaign to remove fluoride from L.A.’s drinking water.
Tom Brady, the star veteran quarterback of the New England Patriots and now 6-time Super Bowl winner, has recently authored a book on staying healthy in which he mentions fluoride in water.
In chapter seven of his new book (The TB12 Method: How to Achieve A Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance), while discussing the importance of hydration, Brady acknowledges the risks of ingesting fluoride, advising readers to remove it from tap water by filtration.
He writes, “Tap water is water that comes from a municipal source. Depending on where you live, most sources of tap water contain fluoride, chlorine, and, in some cases, lead. Excessive amounts of both fluoride and chlorine have now been linked to a number of health risks. Drink tap water only if you filter it first, which gets rid of many impurities. Even when you use tap water for steaming vegetables, it’s better to filter it first.” [page 208]
Additional quotes from Brady on health:
-"Our bodies become toxic when we ingest toxic chemicals." [page 224]
-"I chose to eat organic foods." [page 218]
-"Whenever the media claims any of the dietary methods that I pursue are new age or even quackery, I tell them that some of the biggest advertisers on television and in the stadiums I played in are marketing all the wrong things." [page 224]
-"Let food be thy medicine." [page 219]
Sincerely,

Stuart Cooper
Campaign Director
Fluoride Action Network

Monday, February 04, 2019

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Kids Are Using Too Much Toothpaste, CDC Warns

By VERONICA NETO 

February 2, 2019

A study released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found young children are using too much toothpaste when brushing their teeth.

Surveying parents and guardians of about 5,157 children, the CDC found that nearly 40% of children ages three to six years old used too much toothpaste.

Children ages three or younger should be using a “smear—the CDC’s recommended amount—which is about the size of a grain of rice. Children ages three to six years old should be using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

The concern of overusing toothpaste is the intake of fluoride. Although fluoride has many benefits like preventing cavities, the CDC warns “ingestion of too much fluoride while teeth are developing can result in visibly detectable changes in enamel structure such as discoloration.”

The CDC wants parents to take charge of the amount of toothpaste their child has on their toothbrush, as “supervision is emphasized as a critical role for the parent or caregiver as the child first begins using a toothbrush and toothpaste.” The CDC also noted that nearly 80% of the children studied started brushing their teeth later than recommended.

The CDC says children’s teeth should be brushed as soon as the first tooth erupts using a clean, damp cloth. Toothpaste with fluoride can be introduced when the child is two years old, the agency says.

U.S. Water Fluoridation: A Forced Experiment that Needs to End

By the Children’s Health Defense Team
 The United States stands almost entirely alone among developed nations in adding industrial silicofluorides to its drinking water—imposing the community-wide measure without informed consent. Globally, roughly 5% of the population consumes chemically fluoridated water, but more people in the U.S. drink fluoride-adulterated water than in all other countries combined. Within the U.S., just under a third (30%) of local water supplies are not fluoridated; these municipalities have either held the practice at bay since fluoridation’s inception or have won hard-fought battles to halt water fluoridation.
Dozens of studies and reviews—including in top-tier journals such as The Lancet—have shown that fluoride is neurotoxic and lowers children’s IQ.
The fluoride chemicals added to drinking water are unprocessed toxic waste products—captured pollutants from Florida’s phosphate fertilizer industry or unregulated chemical imports from China. The chemicals undergo no purification before being dumped into drinking water and often harbor significant levels of arsenic and other heavy metal contamination; one researcher describes this unavoidable contamination as a “regulatory blind spot that jeopardizes any safe use of fluoride additives.”.............................

USA - Fluoride: a water problem

Editor:
Our local water departments add fluoride to our water while promising that drinking fluoride is safe and improves dental health. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) affirms that while fluoride does work in toothpaste (topically) it does almost nothing to improve dental health when administered systemically (by drinking it).
Decades ago, the WHO reported that improved dental health, worldwide, over the past half century, was and remains the same with or without adding fluoride to drinking water. At the same time, research, now confirmed, began to expose the truly frightening danger that fluoride, a proven neurotoxin, poses to fetuses and infants.
So, while most of Europe admitted error and eliminated fluoridation, what did America do? The CDC, ignoring evidence, informed consent and the Hippocratic Oath proclaimed fluoride in public water “one of the great public health achievements in the 20th century.”
But wait. In 2017, the first U.S. government-funded study of fluoride and IQ was finally published. Big time cooperative research — 12 years, millions of dollars, Harvard, Purdue, etc. — informed us that “fluoride exposure in utero linked to lower IQ in kids.” The MSM failed to emphasize the astonishing degree of impairment detected.
Meanwhile, autism, attention deficit disorders, hypothyroidism and bad bones still plague our land. All linked to fluoride and bombarded by pill after pill after pill. Yet, there is one simple, sane precaution that nature and most of humanity utilizes.
Until Aspen and Snowmass remove fluoride, health authorities recommend not to mix baby formula with our public water.
Will Kesler
Snowmass Village

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Study: Many small kids in US are using too much toothpaste

NEW YORK (AP) — Too many young kids are using too much toothpaste, increasing their risk of streaky or splotchy teeth when they get older, according to a government survey released Thursday.
About 40 percent of kids ages 3 to 6 used a brush that was full or half-full of toothpaste, even though experts recommend no more than a pea-sized amount, the study found.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings were based on a survey of parents of more than 5,000 kids ages 3 to 15.
Health officials recommend that all people drink fluoridated water, and that everyone 2 or older brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
But the amount is important. Children under 3 are only supposed to use a smear of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Kids 3 to 6 are supposed to keep it to a pea-sized amount.
“Fluoride is a wonderful benefit but it needs to be used carefully,” said Dr. Mary Hayes, a pediatric dentist in Chicago.
Young kids may push for independence in brushing their teeth, but kids’ toothpaste tastes sweet.
“You don’t want them eating it like food,” Hayes said. “We want the parent to be in charge of the toothbrush and the toothpaste.”
Fluoride is a mineral found in water and soil. More than 70 years ago, scientists discovered that people whose drinking water naturally had more fluoride also had fewer cavities. That led to efforts to add fluoride to tap water, toothpaste, mouthwash and other products. Experts say fluoride had helped drive down rates of tooth decay in U.S. teens and adults.
But too much fluoride when teeth are forming can lead to tooth streaking or spottiness — known as dental fluorosis. In extreme cases, teeth can be pitted by the mineral, though many cases are so mild only dentists notice it.
Past studies have suggested fluorosis has been increasing for at least three decades, and can affect as many as 2 out of 5 adolescents.
The new study did not follow the kids through time or try to determine how many developed streaked or spotty teeth as a result of using too much toothpaste...................

Friday, February 01, 2019







FAN Newsletter

Today, the Fluoride Action Network released the following press release, which we urge you to share with your local media.  Here is the PR Newswire version for sharing.

World Expert on Lead Now Warns of Fluoride's Neurotoxicity

A major review article in the journal Pediatric Medicineby Dr. David Bellinger includes fluoride in a list of chemicals known or suspected to interfere with the neurodevelopment of children, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).
Bellinger, recognized as one the leading experts in the world on the neurotoxicity of lead, holds three important positions in Boston: two at Harvard and one at Boston Children's Hospital.
In his review of fluoride's neurotoxicity, Bellinger cites the meta-analysis of 27 IQ studies fromChina and Iran (Choi et al., 2012); a follow-up study in China he co-authored (Choi et al., 2015) and the more recent US-government funded mother-offspring studies from Mexico City (Bashash et al.,2017 and 2018). These latter studies, which controlled for many possible confounders, found a very strong association between fluoride levels in the pregnant mothers' urine and lowered IQ in their offspring. These fluoride urine levels from the mothers in Mexico City correspond to the fluoride levels in pregnant women in fluoridated communities in Canada (Till et al., 2018).
While the mainstream media covered the Choi meta-analysis from 2012, they have ignored all the major neurotoxicity studies published since then. Meanwhile, they continue to go overboard on low-quality studies that focus on tooth decay.
According to Paul Connett, PhD, FAN Director, "We hope that when more pediatricians read about these important neurotoxicity studies –especially the mother-offspring studies– that they will warn women of child-bearing age to avoid all sources of fluoride during pregnancy and parents not to bottle-feed their infants with formula prepared with fluoridated tap water."

Connett added, "There are over 350 published studies on fluoride's effect on the brain: 130 human studies, over 200 animal studies, and 33 cell studies."

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Sugar sins: things must change to save kids’ teeth


‘There is no doubt that sugar is the villain posing the biggest threat to the health of children across the country’
Dr Nigel Carter Chief executive, Oral Health Foundation
It’s widely recognised that childhood levels of tooth decay, obesity and diabetes in the UK are far higher than acceptable levels. Regardless of how to approach this problem, we will always come back to 

For British children, excessive sugar consumption is a serious issue that has been apparent for many years. This is reflected in numerous figures which highlight just how pressing the problem is. Today nearly one in three children aged two to fifteen are overweight or obese. There are also more than 700 children with type-2 diabetes, an increase of around 40 per cent compared with four years ago.

Sugar tax has been a good start, but it’s not enough
Focusing on oral health, a child in England has a rotten tooth removed in hospital under general anaesthetic every ten minutes. This is a heart-breaking and appalling statistic, especially considering it is almost entirely preventable.

Over the course of an average day, countless children across the UK consume well over the recommended daily sugar allowance. Recent figures from Public Health England revealed children exceed the maximum recommended sugar intake for an 18 year old before they celebrate their tenth birthday.

, has been successful in tackling the fountain of fizzy and sugary drinks wreaking havoc on the health of thousands of youngsters. Government intervention was absolutely necessary to reduce the amount of sugar going into popular soft drinks. It has also been effective in discouraging consumers from regularly purchasing unhealthy drinks in large quantities.

Another cause for concern is oversized packs of products that provide little-to-no nutritional value. Whether they are advertised as being “sharebags” or “family packs” is completely irrelevant. There is nothing stopping a person from gorging on a whole pack of chocolates or sweets and eating dangerous amounts of sugar.

This is not dissimilar to the issue of two-for-one, buy-one-get-one-free products and other promotional offers that can be found across thousands of supermarkets and corner shops around the country. These promote a which is the exact opposite habit to that children should be developing as they grow up.

It is imperative that children are taught good oral health from birth
We must continue to teach children about the importance of, by brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Yet by facing a constant onslaught of sugar through the day, the damage will have been done long before they get around to picking up their toothbrush. Assuming they still have teeth to brush at the end of the day.

Dampening the appeal of these products will also be integral to reducing childhood sugar intake. In the last couple of years, the Committee of Advertising Practice has begun to clamp down on junk food advertising aimed at children. Tightening regulations for the marketing of unhealthy products should see less children beg their parents for them.

Ultimately, continuing to reduce the amount of sugar on supermarket shelves to an acceptable level is the best way of tackling the sugar crisis. Calls for further taxes on confectionery, cakes and other sugary snacks are completely warranted. Existing taxes have already resulted in many manufactures making voluntary changes to reduce the amount of sugar in their products.

For those who are unwilling to change, government intervention will be necessary. This will most likely mean an extension of the sugar levy. With the best interest of children in mind, it is something we must completely support.

There is no doubt that sugar is the villain posing the biggest threat to the health of children across the country. Putting the shackles on it must be high on our list of priorities, otherwise we will face the consequences for generations to come.