American Dental Association Admits Fluoride Is Bad For Teeth AND Health

A new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association finds once again that, contrary to what most people have been told, fluoride is actually bad for teeth.

Exposure to high levels of fluoride results in a condition known as fluorosis, in which tooth enamel becomes discolored. The condition can eventually lead to badly damaged teeth. The new study found that fluoride intake during a child’s first few years of life is significantly associated with fluorosis, and warned against using fluoridated water in infant formula.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is of a similar opinion. According to their website:

“Recent evidence suggests that mixing powdered or liquid infant formula concentrate with fluoridated water on a regular basis may increase the chance of a child developing … enamel fluorosis.”

It was 2007 when the American Dental Association (ADA) first warned that parents of infants younger than a year old “should consider using water that has no or low levels of fluoride” when mixing baby formula, due to concerns about fluorosis.

Now the Journal of the American Dental Association has published a study that found increased fluorosis risk among infants who were fed infant formula reconstituted with fluoride-containing water, as well as used fluoridated toothpastes.

The authors noted:

“Results suggest that prevalence of mild dental fluorosis could be reduced by avoiding ingestion of large quantities of fluoride from reconstituted powdered concentrate infant formula and fluoridated dentifrice.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also followed suit, warning on their Community Water Fluoridation page that mixing powdered or liquid infant formula concentrate with fluoridated water on a regular basis may increase the chance of a child developing enamel fluorosis.

They also state:

“In children younger than 8 years of age, combined fluoride exposure from all sources—water, food, toothpaste, mouth rinse, or other products—contributes to enamel fluorosis.”

This is as far as the CDC warnings go, however, and they continue to state that water fluoridation is safe — and dental fluorosis is only a “cosmetic” problem. In reality, neither of these assertions is true.

Dental fluorosis results in white and brown spots on your teeth. It is only caused by fluoride — typically due to ingesting too much fluoride during your developing years, from birth to about 8 years of age. According to the CDC, about one-third of U.S. children aged 12 to 15 years have very mild to mild forms of enamel fluorosis on their teeth.

Promoters of fluoridation say that these markings are “just cosmetic,” but it can also be an indication that the rest of your body, such as your bones and the rest of your organs, including your brain, has been exposed to too much fluoride also.

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11 thoughts on “American Dental Association Admits Fluoride Is Bad For Teeth AND Health

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  3. As an educated reader, I urge everyone to please question any journalists sources. The title of this article is quite leading and as a dentist I felt I must say something. I researched the article he spoke of from the Journal of the American Dental Association in October of 2010. This is what it said:
    CONCLUSIONS: Greater fluoride intakes from reconstituted powdered formulas (when participants were aged 3-9 months) and other water-added beverages (when participants were aged 3-9 months) increased fluorosis risk, as did higher dentifrice (toothpaste) intake by participants when aged 16 to 36 months.
    CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Results suggest that prevalence of mild dental fluorosis could be reduced by avoiding ingestion of large quantities of fluoride from reconstituted powdered concentrate infant formula and fluoridated dentifrice.

    The study went on to say:
    “A recent review of the effects of mild dental fluorosis on oral health-related quality of life concluded that the effect of mild fluorosis was not adverse and could even be favorable,” according to the study. “This suggests that concerns about mild dental fluorosis may be exaggerated. Therefore, no general recommendations to avoid use of fluoridated water in reconstituting infant formula are warranted. ”

    The American Dental Association never said that fluoride was “bad” for teeth.

    Check my sources:
    http://www.ada.org/4940.aspx
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20884921

    I also find it interesting that there is no record of a John Board being an author anywhere on the internet other than his facebook page or a a person who is the Dean of Henley Business school. The only photo of him is the low quality photo on this page.

    • Hi Trevor,

      Just to reassure you that we don’t publish any articles on subjects in which we haven’t already sufficiently researched the background to have an intelligent and informed view on, although this is not the same as endorsing or prescribing. You must be aware that there is raging controversy about fluoridisation worldwide and that neither side of the debate believes the other side’s science? If not, here’s an extract from the Water Fluoridisation Controversy Wiki page which shows the science on the anti-fluoride side.

      American biochemist Dean Burk, after his retirement, devoted himself to his opposition to water fluoridation.[31][32] According to Burk “fluoridation is a form of public mass murder.”[33][34]

      The International Chiropractor’s Association opposes mass water fluoridation, considering it “possibly harmful and deprivation of the rights of citizens to be free from unwelcome mass medication.”[35]

      In the United States, the Sierra Club opposes mandatory water fluoridation. Some reasons cited include possible adverse health effects, harm to the environment, and risks involving sensitive populations.[36]

      Citing impacts on the environment, the economy and on health, the Green Party of Canada seeks a ban on artificial fluoridation products. The Canadian Green Party adopted in 2010 a platform position which considers water fluoridation to be unsustainable.[37]

      Arvid Carlsson, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Medicine, opposes water fluoridation.[38][39] He took part in the debate in Sweden, where he helped to convince Parliament that it should be illegal due to ethics. He believes that it violates modern pharmacological principles, which indicate that medications should be tailored to individuals.[40]

      Sociologist Brian Martin states that sociologists have typically viewed opposition to water fluoridation as irrational, although critics of this position have argued that this rests on an uncritical attitude toward scientific knowledge.

      John Board is the author of The Therapy Book, which an e-book and a website. You can also follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JOHN80Y. He hasn’t yet written any other books.

      Best wishes,

      The Therapy Book team

      • I see your reasoning in your response, but the title clearly says that the ADA, not the Wiki page, not Dean Burk, not the Sierra Club, not The International Chiropractor’s Association. or other random scientists. Saying the ADA in the title is clearly misleading for people that are trying to gain information and make their decision. All Dr. Hartwell said was for people to do their research and not to be mislead by the title alone.

        Best regards.

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