Fluoridation has dramatically improved the oral health of tens of millions of Americans. Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has proclaimed community water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Approximately 74.6% of the U.S. population served by public water systems receive the benefit of optimally fluoridated water.
Fluoridation of community water supplies is simply the adjustment of the existing, naturally occurring fluoride levels in drinking water to an optimal fluoride level for the prevention of tooth decay. Water that has been fortified with fluoride is similar to fortifying milk with Vitamin D, table salt with iodine, and bread and cereals with folic acid.
A majority of Americans consume an “invisible” drug on a daily basisa drug so harmful it's been proven to cause serious health issues, including damage to your bones, teeth, kidneys, thyroid, and pineal gland.
Dozens of studies have shown it reduces IQ in children and damages your brain. Despite that, this drug is so pervasive that over 40 percent of American teens between the ages of 12 and 15 show visible signs of overexposure.1
Drugging Without Consent
Many fail to realize that fluoride is indeed a drug, and as such it is grossly inappropriate for it to be indiscriminately added to water supplies, as there's no way to control the dose. Contrary to popular but misguided belief, fluoride is NOT an essential nutrient, and there is simply no such thing as “fluoride deficiency.”
In fact, if you decided you wanted to take fluoride, you'd have to …
Fluoridation of community water supplies is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay. It’s no wonder that the number of communities who make the choice to fluoridate their water continues to grow. From 2000-2013, more than 425 U.S. communities in 42 states have voted to adopt or retain successful fluoridation programs. The latest data show that in 2012, 74.6% of the U.S. population on public water systems, or a total of 210.7 million people, had access to optimally fluoridated water. The Healthy People 2020 Objective is to reach 79.6%. The ADA, along with state and local dental societies, continues to work with federal, state and local agencies to increase the number of communities benefiting from water fluoridation.
With policy based on the best available science, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American Dental Association, American Public Health Association and the World Health Association continue to endorse fluoridation. Additionally, more than 125 national and international health, service and professional organizations recognize the public health benefits of community water fluoridation for preventing dental decay.
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