The fluoride ingested through fluoridated water is processed through the body systemically and such intake has been linked to serious bone issues, cancer and intellectual issues.
Some European countries have already removed the fluoridation process from their water and are producing fluoride-free toothpastes. Some North American toothpaste companies are providing low-fluoride or no-fluoride products for use with small children and babies.
In addition to water, toothpastes and other dental health products, fluoride is also found in food and in the air from the production of phosphate fertilizers or the burning of fuels that contain fluoride. So eliminating fluoride completely from our society is not likely. But we should at least be aware of the potential sources and the potential issues associated with overexposure to fluoride.
To add to the debate, many dentists are finding increased cavity rates now that many kids are drinking non-fluoridated bottled water instead of tap water, and similar rates have been seen with those that are on well water as opposed to a city-based water supplier where fluoride is added.
Perhaps unfluoridated water is the way to go and simply leave the fluoride in the toothpaste – after all, in small amounts it has been proven effective in fighting cavities. Perhaps not. Perhaps a smaller amount of fluoride should be legislated. Perhaps instead of more government regulation, people need to make themselves aware of the risks and benefits and make their own decisions instead of waiting for the government to make the decision for them.
Whenever research and findings come up that are contrary to the “status quo” that people have based their livelihoods on for years, there is always resistance. But, you as a patient have the right to choose what’s right for you and your family. Be an informed patient.
Sources: www.vitamins-nutrition.org, www.fluoridealert.org, www.nofluoride.com/Unicef_fluor.htm