Fluoride Action Network


Objective: Explore the effect of different doses of chronic exposure of fluoride on rat learning and memory behavior. Method: Selected 46 Wistar rats, randomly divided them into a control group, low-fluoride group, and high-fluoride group, had them respectively drink tap water (control group), 100 mg/L (low-fluoride group), and 200 mg/L (high-fluoride group) sodium fluoride solutions, then five months later used a Y-maze test to observe the effect of chronic fluorosis on the learning and memory behavior of the rats. Results: Compared to the number of times required for the control group to learn the Y-maze test (58.83 +/- 25.12), there was a significant increase (P<0.05) in the number of times required by the low-fluoride group (73.95 +/- 9.77) and high-fluoride group (77.37 +/- 8.69) to learn it, and although the number of times required to learn it increased with the fluoride exposure dose, it was not statistically significant (P>0.05). Conclusion: The results indicate that chronic fluorosis has a significant effect on rat learning and memory behavior.

(Translated by Alta Language Services in February 2014, courtesy of Fluoride Action Network)