NEW YORK, March 17 /PRNewswire/ — Kids ingest excessive fluoride, studies show, not just from toothpaste, but from their foods, making water fluoridation unnecessary and unsafe, reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF).
University of Indiana researchers analyzed foods typical three- to five-year-olds eat and found diet significantly contributes to children’s daily fluoride intake. This and many other studies show, children risk dental fluorosis from their food, alone(3a-L).
“…because the prevalence and severity of dental fluorosis (white spotted, yellow or brown permanently stained teeth) appear to be increasing, there is a need to quantitate all potential sources of fluoride exposure,” report Jackson, et al, in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology (1).
Jackson found fluoride in McDonald’s french fries, Aunt Millie’s Homestyle Buttermilk White Bread, Iron Kids Bread, Lay’s Baked and Ruffles potato chips, Heinz and Hunt’s Ketchup, 12 different soda brands and fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, dairy products, nuts, seeds, fats, oils, sugars and sweets.
Excluding fluoridated water, toothpaste, treatments or other sources, three- to five-year-olds in fluoridated Richmond, Virginia, average over 1/2 milligram (.05 mg) fluoride daily. Some eat one milligram daily — higher than American Dental Association recommendations.
Between ages 15 and 36-months, children’s front teeth are most fluorosis-prone. To avoid fluorosis in all teeth, the National Academy of Sciences(2a) advises the following daily-fluoride-intake from all sources (food, air, water, toothpaste, medicines, and supplements):
* infants up to 6 months old – less than 0.01 mg (one hundredth of a
* babies from 6 – 12 months – less than 0.5 mg (half a milligram)
* children from 1 to 3 years old – 0.7 mg (seven tenths of a milligram)
* children from 4 to 8 years old – less than 1 mg
Children’s toothbrushing introduces 0.8 mg fluoride into their mouths, averaging 0.6 mg swallowed or absorbed from two brushings.(2b) One quart of fluoridated water contains approximately one milligram fluoride.
Despite the scientific evidence that America’s children are fluoride overdosed, dentists via well-organized political fluoridation action campaigns(8) convince trusting legislators to promote fluoridation and dose children with even more fluoride, wasting precious tax dollars and endangering children’s health.
“The American Association of Pediatric Dentists’ recent deal with Coca Cola(10) further illustrates dentistry’s unfamiliarity with or disregard for the medical literature,” says lawyer Paul Beeber, President, NYSCOF.
U.S. children are over-fluoridated(4); while soda still erodes their teeth(5). Fluoride can’t prevent soda-eroded teeth(6).
“In our opinion, Coke made a shrewd move by associating with pediatric dentists. Unfortunately, children who may see the Coke emblem in their dentists’ offices will get the implied impression that dentists encourage soda drinking,” says Beeber.
“Meanwhile, organized dentistry may use the Coke money to deliver more fluoride to soda-drinking, over-fluoridated children,” says Beeber.
“We should improve child nutrition to prevent cavities, remove soda machines from schools and reduce fluoride exposure by stopping water fluoridation,” says Beeber.