North Coast Fluoride Information Network - Straight Talk about Fluoride


From the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health (Source: Oral health in America: a report of the surgeon general. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, 2000:2-3.):

• Fluoride in municipal drinking water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, not the Food & Drug Administration. (go to the bottom of the page)

• Water fluoridation was hailed as one of the "10 Great Public Health Measures" of the 20th Century by the United States Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

• Dental caries (tooth decay) is the single most common chronic childhood disease—five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever.

• Over 50 percent of five- to nine-year-old children have at least one cavity or filling and that proportion increases to 78 percent among seventeen-year-olds. Nevertheless, these figures represent improvements in the oral health of children compared to a generation ago.

• There are striking disparities in dental disease by income. Poor children suffer twice as much dental caries as their more affluent peers, and their disease is more likely to be untreated. These poor/non-poor differences continue into adolescence. One out of four children in America is born into poverty, and children living below the poverty line (annual income of $17,000 for a single family of four) have more severe and untreated decay.

• Most older Americans take both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. In all probability, at least one of the medications used will have an oral side effect—usually dry mouth. The inhibition of salivary flow increases the risk for oral disease because saliva contains antimicrobial components as well as minerals that can help rebuild tooth enamel after attack by acid-producing, decay-causing bacteria. Individuals in long-term care facilities are prescribed an average of eight drugs.

• Most elderly individuals lose their dental insurance when they retire. The situation may be worse for older women who generally have lower incomes and may never have had dental insurance. Medicaid funds dental care for the lowincome and disabled elderly in some states, but reimbursements are low. Medicare is not designed to reimburse for routine dental care.

• ADA link "Fluoridation Facts" booklet in PDF Click Here

“Community water fluoridation is an effective, safe, and ideal public health measure that benefits individuals of all ages and economic strata”.
Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General

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