Fluoride Action Network

State Fluoride Database

Read the latest fluoride news from your state; find out if your town is fluoridated, see if any communities have recently rejected fluoridation, learn if your state has a law that mandates fluoridation, and other fluoride-related information.

Connecticut

WATER FLUORIDATION STATUS:

Water fluoridation accidents:

  • MARCH 1986 – New Haven: Of the 312 persons interviewed four days after the accident, in the 127 households at risk, 18% report symptoms of abdominal cramping, nausea, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, diaphoresis (profuse sweating), and fever. Others experience rashes and irritation from bathing and washing dishes. The fluoride levels peak at 51 ppm. (SOURCE: Carton 1994 | See study discussing this accident)

LATEST NEWS:

  • To see the latest news on fluoride developments in Connecticut, click here.
  • To see an updated list of Connecticut professionals calling for an end to fluoridation, click here.

Connecticut’S MANDATORY FLUORIDATION LAW:

  • Connecticut General Statute § 19a-38 mandates public water fluoridation in all communities serving 20,000 or more consumers and having a natural fluoride content less then .8 ppm.  To learn more about this law, click here.
  • Mandatory Fluoridation – 2013 Update
  • January 21, 2015: Proposed bill to eliminate the mandate for fluoridation in Connecticut.

DATA ON ORAL HEALTH:

  • 2007. Oral Health in Connecticut. Connecticut Department of Public Health.
    * A definition of dental fluorosis is given: “However, excessive fluoride consumption can cause mottled enamel or fluorosis (i.e. whitish or brownish spots on teeth). Dental fluorosis results from the ingestion of high levels of fluoride during tooth development in children less than 8 years old.”
  • 2012. The Oral Health of Connecticut’s Children. Connecticut Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health. October. This publication was supported by the Cooperative Agreement Number 5U58DP001534-04 from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No mention of dental fluorosis.
    Key findings:
    —  Dental decay continues to be a significant public health problem for CT’s children
    — There are significant oral health disparities in CT with minority and low-income children having the highest level of dental disease.
  • 2013. Oral Health Improvement Plan for Connecticut 2013-2018. Connecticut Coalition for Oral Health. This publication was supported by the Cooperative Agreement Number 5U58DP001534-05 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No mention of dental fluorosis.

FAN’S STATE COORDINATOR IN Connecticut:

If you live in CT and want to get the fluoride out of your water contact Stuart Cooper, FAN’s campaign coordinator.

CONNECTICUT WATER SYSTEMS WITH HIGH FLUORIDE LEVELS:

Water System County Population Size Fluoride Level (ppm)
Nathan Hale WS Tolland 160 1.9
Information from CDC’s Fluoridation Census published in 1993.

FLUORIDE POLLUTION SOURCES IN CONNECTICUT:

In 2008, Connecticut ranked #48 out of 48 states for Hydrogen Fluoride releases (809 pounds). The following data comes from EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). “Total releases” includes both water and air pollution. It’s important to note, however, that not all industries or sources that release fluoride into the environment are included in the TRI.

2008 Total Releases
(in pounds)
Type of Industry Name of Industry
512 Stone/Clay/Glass REDLAND BRICK INC- KF PLANT. 1440 JOHN FITCH BLVD, SOUTH WINDSOR, Connecticut 06074 (HARTFORD)
265 Transportation Equipment SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT STRATFORD FA CILITY. 6900 MAIN ST POBOX 9729 MS-S101A, STRATFORD, Connecticut 06615 (FAIRFIELD)
32 Transportation Equipment PRATT & WHITNEY. 400 MAIN ST M/S 102-21, EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut 06108 (HARTFORD)

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