Despite increases in public water fluoridation, dental visits, sealants, fluoride varnish applications and significant financial, training, and program investments, oral health hasn’t improved in 22 years in the U.S., according to a National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Oral Health in America Report (December 2021), reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.
Unnecessary fluoride chemicals are added to about 70 percent of U.S. public drinking water supplies in a failed effort to reduce tooth decay in tap water drinkers.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy said, “Nine out of 10 adults 20 to 64 years of age have had dental caries, a figure that hasn’t meaningfully changed during the past 20 years … dental care costs have increased by 30 percent,” reported in the New England Journal of Medicine
Millions of Americans can’t access dental care, while 70 percent of U.S. children and adolescents are fluoride-overdosed, afflicted with fluorosis (white spotted, yellow or brown permanently stained teeth).
The Pew Charitable Trusts writes, “The nation has failed to reduce the prevalence of untreated tooth decay among certain populations … limited access to dental care is a persistent factor contributing to oral health inequities among racial and ethnic minorities, low-income individuals, older Americans, rural residents and other marginalized groups.”
“America’s shockingly poor dental system, poverty and poor diets are to blame,” said attorney Paul Beeber, NYSCOF President. “Fluoridation can’t fix that. It’s obvious that American’s need dental care; not fluoride in their drinking water or other band-aid fixes.”
For example, the NIDCR reports:
- The military continues to face challenges in meeting recruitment goals and military readiness because of oral health-related issues.
- Untreated cavities among the poor remain twice that of non-poor. Disparities persist by race/ethnicity status.
- Primary tooth decay increased in boys aged 6-11 and didn’t change in adolescents’ and adults’ permanent teeth.
- Untreated decay in permanent teeth shows no progress.
- In ages 2-11, decayed tooth surfaces increased with a greater impact on boys
- Four out of 5 Americans aged 6 years and older experience cavities, irrespective of poverty or race/ethnicity status.
- 40 percent of children have eroded teeth.
NIDCR cherrypicked Carstairs 2015 to claim “fluoridation achieved wide success in the mid-20th century for primary prevention of dental caries” but left out her fluoridation criticism in the same paper. She wrote, “Some of the early fluoridation studies had methodological problems which may have exaggerated their benefits” and “there are still questions about how effective water fluoridation is at preventing dental decay and whether the possible risks are worth the benefits.”
Dental therapists could alleviate the dental access problem; but the politically powerful American Dental Association lobbies against their legalization, according to the W K Kellogg Foundation and Wendell Potter.
NIDCR admits vitamin D deficiency is a cavity risk. But the ADA turned this nutritional deficiency into a profitable fluoride drug treatment. Forty-two percent of Americans are vitamin D deficient. None are fluoride-deficient. Fluoride, like all drugs, has side effects.
Politics, not science, supports fluoridation as evidenced by the ADA’s lobbying the US National Toxicology Program to conclude fluoridation is not neurotoxic when the science says it is. Adverse health effects, outside of the oral cavity from ingested fluoride, are not within the purview of dentistry, according to the California Board of Dental Examiners.
Few know that fluoridation chemicals aren’t natural, but are lead- and arsenic-laced waste products of phosphate fertilizer manufacturing which often requires adding an acid-neutralizing chemical to the water such as sodium hydroxide.
Beeber said, “Artificial fluoridation is outdated, ineffective, politically motivated, harmful and must cease across the U.S.”