Michele Merkel | childrenshealthdefense.org
Since 1945, local governments have added fluoride to public drinking water supplies to reduce the rates of tooth decay. Now, more than 207 million people in the U.S. receive fluoridated drinking water — nearly three-quarters of the population served by community water systems.
Hailed as a major public health accomplishment of the 21st century, community water fluoridation has contributed to significant declines in dental caries. Thanks to fluoridated products like toothpaste and mouthwash, we’ve also seen similar reductions in countries that don’t fluoridate drinking water. The benefits of fluoride in preventing tooth decay are well documented, but it’s time to revisit community water fluoridation in light of new research. Scientists are coming together to raise the alarm about fluoridated drinking water. The data show fluoride consumed from drinking water may have adverse neurological health impacts — especially among children.