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Israel Will End Fluoridation in 2014, Citing Health Concerns
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this press release incorrectly stated that the 1974 regulation mandated fluoridation. The 1974 regulation permitted fluoridation, but did not mandate it. It was not until 1998 that Israel mandated fluoridation. According to a recent opinion from Israel’s Supreme Court, both laws have been revoked by a new regulation passed by […]
Fluoride & Tooth Decay: The Facts
Fact 1: Fluoride’s Primary Effect is Topical, Not Systemic Water fluoridation began in the 1940s under the premise that swallowing fluoride is the most effective way to strengthen teeth. It is now known, however, that fluoride’s main benefit comes from topical contact with teeth, not from ingestion. Even if fluoridated water has a benefit, therefore, there is […]
How Many Countries Fluoridate Water?
One of the little known facts about this practice is that the United States, which fluoridates over 70% of its water supplies, has more people drinking fluoridated water than the rest of the world combined. Most developed nations, including all of Japan and 97% of western Europe, do not fluoridate their water.
The Benefits of Water Fluoridation?
This short video presents four inconvenient facts about the purported miraculous benefits of water fluoridation. Fact 1: If fluoridated water has a benefit, it is a topical one (there is no need to actually swallow it). Fact 2: Despite 60+ years of research, there is not a single randomized controlled trial, let alone a blinded […]
WHO: Tooth Decay Rates in Fluoridated vs. Non-Fluoridated Countries
The following data from the World Health Organization provides the most recently reported tooth decay rates in 12-old-year children in developed nations. As can be seen, many countries with no water fluoridation at all have lower rates of tooth decay than countries that fluoridate more than 60% of their water. In fact, of the seven countries […]
Water Fluoridation Status in Western Europe
As the following table shows, only 3% of the population in western Europe is currently consuming fluoridated water. Europe’s reasons for not fluoridating its water are explained here. Despite not fluoridating its water, tooth decay rates in these western European countries are no higher than in the few western countries (e.g., the United States) that fluoridate […]
Water Fluoridation Status in OECD Nations
Quick Facts: Most developed nations, including 97% of western Europe, do not fluoridate their drinking water. Of the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), only 10 have water fluoridation programs. Four of the 10 OECD countries with water fluoridation programs have less than 15% of their population drinking fluoridated water: […]
Countries that Fluoridate Their Water
Quick Facts: Most developed nations do not fluoridate their water. In western Europe, for example, only 3% of the population consumes fluoridated water. While 25 countries have water fluoridation programs, 11 of these countries have less than 20% of their population consuming fluoridated water: Argentina (19%), Guatemala (13%), Panama (15%), Papa New Guinea (6%), Peru (2%), […]
Studies on Tooth Decay Rates After Water Fluoridation Is Stopped
For decades, the American Dental Association (ADA) has long warned that if communities end their water fluoridation programs, the rate of tooth decay will increase. In it’s “Fluoridation Facts” brochure, the ADA states: “Dental decay can be expected to increase if water fluoridation in a community is discontinued for one year or more, even if […]
Tooth Decay Trends in Fluoridated vs. Unfluoridated Countries
Most western countries do not fluoridate their water and yet their tooth decay rates have declined at the same rate as the U.S. and other fluoridated countries.