Dangers of fluoride in our water

Dangers of Fluoride

Water fluoridation is the practice of adding industrial-grade fluoride chemicals to water for the purpose of preventing tooth decay. However, most developed nations including Japan and over 95% of Western Europe, do not add fluoride to their water.

Compounds containing fluoride have been added into water supplies around the world since the 1940’s to “prevent tooth decay”. The unproven belief that consuming fluoridated water to “prevent tooth decay” do not compensate for the risks in drinking it. With a plethora of consumer products that boost dental health and toothpastes containing fluoride in every household, it’s hard to imagine why or what benefits could be gained from fluoride in our water supplies.

The concerns of many health authorities have been dismissed until recently. In 2015, for the first time in over half a century the public health service in America lowered its recommended fluoride level in drinking water. Health experts recommended the change due to the exposure of excess fluoride and increased cases in fluorosis due to the large majority of people practicing oral hygiene with fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash. 

In June 2015, the Cochrane Collaboration; a global independent network of researchers and health care professionals known for rigorous scientific reviews of public health policies, published an analysis of 20 key studies on water fluoridation. The report concluded that early scientific investigations on water fluoridation; which were mostly conducted before 1975, were deeply flawed. The authors noted “we had concerns about the methods used, or the reporting of the results, in 97 percent of the studies”.

Drinking fluoridated water has no benefits

The whole basis of fluoride protecting our teeth from decay is based on topical treatments such as toothpaste. There is absolutely no benefit in swallowing fluoridated water, as a matter of fact it only causes harm.

Accumulation of fluoride in the body

According to studies, healthy adult kidneys excrete 50 to 60% of the fluoride ingested each day. The remainder accumulates in the body, largely in calcifying tissues such as the bones and pineal gland. Infants and children excrete less fluoride from their kidneys and absorb up to 80% of ingested fluoride into their bones.

Excessive fluoride causes fluorosis; changes in tooth enamel that range from barely noticeable white spots to staining and pitting. Fluoride can also become concentrated in bone, stimulating bone cell growth, altering the tissue’s structure, and weakening the skeleton.

The dangers of fluoride should be taken very seriously, preliminary research in laboratory animals suggested that high levels of fluoride may be toxic to brain and nerve cells. Human epidemiological studies have also identified possible links to learning, memory, and cognition deficits.

Fluoridated Water vs Non Fluoridated Water

Fluoride advocates often claim that the reduction in tooth decay that has occurred since the 1950s is the result of the widespread introduction of fluoridated water. This is simply not true, rates have declined in all western countries, irrespective of whether the country ever fluoridated its water. Most western countries do not fluoridate their water and yet their tooth decay rates have declined at the same rate as fluoridated countries. This is demonstrated by examining the data on tooth decay trends in countries with fluoridated water and non-fluoridated.

Countries without fluoridated water
Countries without fluoridated water
Tooth decay in countries with fluoridated water
Tooth decay in countries with fluoridated water

Source: OECD.Stat/Dental Health

Unnatural addition to our water supply

Despite the false claims by dental associations and governmental sources that water fluoridation is somehow beneficial for dental health, no valid proof exists that this is true. The facts are that the chemicals that are added into our water supplies as “water fluoridation” are highly toxic to us, especially to children.

The compounds most used in “fluoridating” municipal water are Sodium Silicofluoride, (H3O) 2SiF6, and Hexafluorosilicic acid, Na2[SiF6], or sodium fluoride, (NaF). These are highly toxic compounds. There has also been major scientific studies from around the world that show fluoride exposure lowers IQ in children. 

We should recognize the dangers of fluoride in our water; applying fluoride topically through toothpaste may be beneficial to protect against cavities. However, do we need to add it to drinking water so it gets into the bloodstream and potentially into the brain?