Fluoride Action Network

Dentists Award the Cavity-prone and Toothless

Source: New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation | May 25th, 2004

Fluoridation honors” were bestowed upon many communities (1), which happen to have the highest cavity and tooth loss rates, by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (AASTDD), reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF).

Fluoride added to water supplies, usually at taxpayers’ expense, is publicized to save money and prevent tooth decay. Conspicuously absent are data supporting these claims.(2) In fact, government statistics reveal worse or less teeth in residents of fluoridation-honored communities than in their non-fluoridated counterparts. For example:

A) Dentists gave Fifty-Year Awards to fluoridating water systems


*seven West Virginia and 5 Kentucky water districts. Yet, 42% of mostly fluoridated(3) West Virginians and Kentuckians are edentulous, the country’s worst toothless rates.(4)

*the Tulsa, Oklahoma, water department, where 19% of residents lost six or more teeth.(5) Compare that to New York State’s two largest non-fluoridated counties, Suffolk and Nassau, where only 16% lost six or more teeth. Nassau and Suffolk received no kudos for retaining their natural choppers.

Further, an Oklahoma Department of Health Report reveals an “Alarming Prevalence of Tooth Decay Among Oklahoma’s Children,” where nearly 70 percent of third graders have cavities(6) although 75% drink fluoride-laced water.

– Nashville, Tennessee, where 20% lost 6 or more teeth. Contrast: Wichita, Kansas refused fluoridation, repeatedly over the years.(7)(8) Results: more teeth for Wichita — only 14% lost 6 or more, less than most fluoridated cities. Yet, no awards for Wichita!

B) “State Fluoridation Quality Awards” were given to:

— 96% fluoridated Indiana, where 25% have lost all their teeth; 45%
have lost 6 or more teeth.(4)
— 96% fluoridated North Dakota where 5,262 children participate in
fluoride mouthrinse/tablet school programs and 44% of
eight-year-olds participate in sealant programs. Yet, 51% of 6 to
8-year-olds and 70% of 14-year-olds olds have tooth decay.(9)

C) “State Fluoridation Reaffirmation Award” given to Monticello, Arkansas. “The state of Arkansas children’s dental health is in crisis and needs immediate attention” reports the Arkansas Department of Health. (10) 72% of Arkansas third-graders have cavities despite 60% state-wide fluoridation.(11)

D) “Community Initiative Awards” given to recently fluoridation-adopting communities, e.g. Pinellas County, Florida, over the strong objections of its citizens. (Citizens for Safe Water http://www.aquasafe.us/AquaSafe-Action.htm )

E) The “State Fluoridation Initiative Award” to Utah with the most teeth but least fluoridation of all the states (2%), not for their good dental health, but because “Utah has the most new systems fluoridating.” This despite vigorous citizen opposition. (http://www.stopfluoridation.homestead.com )

“The Surgeon General declared tooth decay a silent epidemic.(12) Yet, two-thirds of Americans drink fluoridated water,” says lawyer Paul Beeber, NYSCOF President. “The truth is, most American children are fluoride over-dosed(13), and the poorly nourished get more cavities(14) regardless of fluoridation,” says Beeber