A Web of Misinformation about Fluoride

September 6, 2016


The internet has opened the door to so many helpful resources. However, not everything one reads online is true. As we observe the 70th anniversary of community water fluoridation this year, keep in mind that various websites post false or misleading information about fluoride. Many of these sites post ads for water filters or sell products by encouraging fear of fluoride. But don’t be fooled by these websites.

The National Research Council has issued five reports about fluoride or fluoridation since the 1950s. In fact, three of these reports have been issued since 1993, and the most recent was published as recently as 2007. None of them has raised concerns about the safety or effectiveness of community water fluoridation. Not a single one.

Avoiding fluoridated water won’t make you healthier. In fact, it will raise your risk of tooth decay. Remember that the leading health and medical organizations are united in supporting fluoridation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called fluoridation one of "ten great public health achievements" of the 20th century.

So, drink to your health by drinking fluoridated water. Your teeth will thank you.


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