Dental Survey: Fluoridated Water Debate Hits a Nerve

Dental survey: Water fluoridationThis dental survey by The Wealthy Dentist certainly hit a nerve!

We asked dentists what we thought was a simple yes or no question:

Do you support water fluoridation

The question turned out to be so volatile that it drew responses from non-dentists as wellas our doctor subscribers. Among them were nurses, nutritionists and biological researchers.

Looking at the overall results, 70% of respondents are against public water fluoridation.

However, we wanted to know what just the dentists in our survey think, so we isolated their responses.

As it turns out, the results were not that different: 56% of dentists think fluoride should not be added to public water supplies.

We also asked an open-ended question that got some heated responses:

Do you see fluoride as a wonder drug or a deadly chemical?

Here’s a sampling of comments that dentists gave us, from both sides of the water fluoridation debate:

Fluoride belongs in toothpaste, not water. That way, those who want it can have it. Besides, fluoride is only effective topically, not systemically.” Oregon dentist

Fluoride should not be added to the water supply as it’s effects on individuals cannot be monitored and the dose cannot be controlled. Treatments may be indicated in the dental office and people can choose to use fluoride toothpaste and rinses as well.” General Dentist

How can the toxicity be so ignored by main stream dentistry. It just seems like the more the merrier–no worries! ” California dentist

“I think the classification of it as a toxic waste is pretty self explanatory.” General dentist

“I use topical fluoride occasionally as prescription medicine for people with a disease. Topical ozone is more effective. I realize I’m leaving money on the table by not giving everyone topical fluoride treatments, but it’s not ethical. Water fluoridation is nothing but an industrial hoax. It doesn’t do anything but make a profit out of an environmental toxin.” Colorado dentist

“A drug it is not….a mineral that when ingested helps prevent decay, especially in children it is!!! [I’ve been a] pediatric dentist for 33 years and [have]hands on proof of positive fluoride assay.” New York pediatric dentist

“Having practiced in areas with and without fluoride in the water I find it difficult to even why anyone would even want to take fluoride out of the water. In non-fluoridated areas you see overwhelming levels of decay amongst the poor. In fluoridated areas, at least the decay is manageable.” General dentist

“If used properly and in the correct concentrations, it is very good.” Florida pediatric dentist

It’s a wonder drug when used in the correct concentration. My brother (who is not a dentist) and I grew up on fluoridated city water. We both now live in a cities with fluoridated water. He’s 44 years old and I’m 46 years old and neither of us have ever had a cavity. You can’t say its genetic (our parents had lots of cavities) and you can’t say its because we were always great brushers! I truly believe that it is mainly because we have always used fluoridated city water of the proper concentration.” Ohio prosthodontist

As a dentist, what’s your opinion of and experience with the effects of public water fluoridation?


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  • bob

    I to find it highly effective to prevent decay. I do sometimes wonder if long term it may increase the cancer risk because of how reactive it is. I have always needed fillings and other work even with good O.H. but both of my kids who are not always the best brushers have had only one or two cavities and they are 23 and 25 years old.
    I find it hard to believe any dentist thinks there is no benefit.
    But what are the risks?

  • David C Steele DDS

    After I graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1970 (where Dr. Muhler put Crest toothpaste together and formed a Preventive Dentistry Research Dept), fluoride was beginning to be added to Indiana municipal water supplies.

    I returned to Alexandria, Indiana where community leaders endorsed fluoridation and added to the water supply. Many of the children and young adults I saw at this time had “bombed out” first and second molars. Within 10 years of communal fluoridation, there were almost no carious lesions in first molar teeth. Fluoride worked!

    Historically, as I remember, there was a discovery in CO where Fl was at 5ppm. However, the teeth were yellow, but caries absent. This discovery made a big difference in dental health planning i.e. fluoridation.

    With the popularity of bottled water, maybe it will a moot point…until caries reappear.

    David C. Steele DDS

  • Patriot4America

    A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it, and the truth is still the truth even if no one believes it!!

  • Patriot4America

    Wathc “The Fluoride Deception” Fluoride is a poison, plain and simple

  • No Nonsense

    The discovery you speak of was an investigation into “Colorado Brownstain”. Researchers discovered the high fluoride concentration was staining and pitting tooth enamel. They were researching Calcium Fluoride. It is the ingested calcium, not the fluoride that prevents cavities. There is no calcium in fluoridating agents. Caries are the result of poor nutrition and calcium deficiency – not a lack of fluoride.

  • No Nonsense

    The CDC has oral health data maps online you can compare fluoridation rates with tooth loss. There is no correlation. In fact, some states with the highest percentages of fluoridation, also have the highest rates of tooth loss. There is a greater correlation between lower decay rates and the introduction of the nylon toothbrush in 1938, and vitamin D in dairy products in the mid-40s. In fact, there is an even better correlation with the introduction of refrigeration – all long before fluoridation began.

  • 2Smart4U

    Hogwash. Unlike the natural calcium fluoride in water, the “fluoride” added to water is hydrofluorosilicic ACID, a highly corrosive byproduct of the aluminum and phosphate fertilizer industries. The EPA considers it toxic waste. How can anything that eats through cement and corrodes metal contribute to one’s health – dental or otherwise?

    It has been linked to Alzheimer’s, lowered IQ, osteosarcoma, osteoporosis, obesity, thyroid and pituitary disorders plus a host of other conditions. Drinking it to prevent tooth decay makes as much sense as drinking suntan lotion to prevent sunburn.

    If fluoridation is as good as promoters say it is, then after 68 years…
    Why did 97% of European countries never fluoridate or stopped doing so?
    Why isn’t there a higher tooth decay rate in countries that don’t fluoridate?
    Why is it safe to put it into drinking water if it was first sold as rat and
    bug poison?

    Water fluoridation is considered the greatest public health fraud ever perpetrated on the American public. The American Dental Association admitted in a 1951 brochure:

    “There is no proof that commercial preparations such as tablets, dentifrices, mouthwashes or chewing gum containing fluorides are effective in preventing dental decay. Unfortunately such preparations are being offered to the public without adequate scientific evidence of their value.”

  • Peggy Thatcher

    Also amusing is “The Great Culling,” a series that exposes that fluoridation, childhood vaccinations, and “chemtrails” are the plot of an unnamed “elite” to kill off most of the world’s population. Scary, but not as scary as anti-fluoridationists.

  • Peggy Thatcher

    “Survey”? How was this survey conducted? How many dentists were contacted? There are surprising few details about the nature of this survey. Were your blog readers just asked for their comments?

  • jonathanlevy

    As for the final comment there: That is typical stupid anecdotal evidence that means nothing. Just because one guy never had a cavity along with his brother doesn’t mean it is due to fluoridated water! It’s obviously harmful to expose your whole body to such a potent toxin as industrial Hydrofluorosilcic acid, complete with trace amounts of arsenic and other industrial pollutants. Even brushing with fluoride I believe is silly and useless as it is absorbed through the mouth as well. Proper diet and hygiene are the keys to dental health and regular check-ups with the dentist, who really ought to be an expert advisor on diet and hygiene and make sure patients are adhering to such. Also, genetics do play a huge role and just because your parents had lots of cavities doesn’t mean you don’t have good genetics and hard enamel.

  • jonathanlevy

    Obey science and the science is very very far from conclusive on the safety and benefit of drinking industrial fluoridation chemicals. In fact, the huge majority of data, including the 2009 national health report suggest no correlation between drinking fluoridation chemicals and caries prevention and many studies suggest terrible effects of ingesting this very toxic substance for which there barely exists a container to even hold it as it burns through everything. Such is why it costs $8,000 per barrel for heavy industry to dispose of it, that is the same heavy phosphate industry that is saving billions by poisoning our water and our environment with a fluoridation lie.

  • Peggy Thatcher

    This is nonsense. Fluorosilicic acid is monitored for purity by the NSF, AWWA, and water treatment plants. The latter check water before it leaves the plant for contamination. This “toxic disposal” story is myth.

    How about we learn about this survey? Where published? How was the data gathered? Was it anything more than just a few posts on a fringe blog?

  • Peggy Thatcher

    Certainly you know that fluoridation is just part of having optimal dental health, not a replacement for other good measures.

    That said, studies have found that fluoridation accounts for an additional 20-40% reduction in cavities.

  • Peggy Thatcher

    The trick is to look at the cavity rate before fluoridation and compare to the rate after it is introduced. Duh.

  • jonathanlevy

    Yes, and this would be in disagreement with the fact that Portland (never fluoridated) had better caries rates than the fluoridated areas of Oregon or the WHO (world Health Org) data that shows no difference in caries reduction between fluoridated and non-fluoridated countries. There are just as many studies if not many more showing no relationship between fluoride ingestion and caries prevention, not the least of which is the 2009 Iowa Study, one of the most professional and comprehensive, which showed no significant relationship between fluoride exposure and caries but did show such with dental fluorosis.

  • jonathanlevy

    No it’s not Peggy, so “duh” to you. Just looking at caries rates before and after fluoridation is indicative of nothing as there are many other factors, particularly in the post WWII world that led to caries reduction as much in non-fluoridated areas as fluoridated areas. No Nonsense brought up a few causes but you missed the point. Correlation is not causation until you can certainly eliminate any other possible cause, one of the first things anyone learns in statistics.

  • jonathanlevy

    What you speak of is highly questionable anecdotal “evidence” and has no weight scientifically. Obey the science and huge amounts of statistical evidence to the contrary. Back in 1970, some of these children and young adults were coming out of the 1950’s and early 60’s. Since then dental healt improved worldwide, whether fluoridated or not.

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