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Response to "junebug172":
US courts have recognized that fluoridation is not "involuntary medication" but rather an adjustment of a naturally occurring mineral in the water supply. This is done with other minerals, as well.
What fluorosilicic acid is chemically is all that is important. Calling it "industrial waste" is just a scare-mongering tactic.
I have long suspected that the anti-fluoridationists have dental insurance. But that aside, any savings in dental costs for the community will be reflected in your dental insurance premiums. But who wants cavities with or without dental insurance? These will also cost taxpayers via Medicaid expenditures.
Ingested fluoride ions show up in saliva. That means that teeth will be continually remineralized. Toothpaste doesn't provide this level of exposure. Humans' thyroids, livers and kidneys evolved over thousands of years with fluoride, one of the most common elements on earth, and because of that, we are not harmed by fluoridation because of its very low concentration.
Children need exposure to fluoride so that unerupted primary and secondary teeth develop their strongest.
Public health studies are always gauging the typical fluoride intake from various sources, such as diet; even climate is figured into the mix. The recommended level was lowered merely to help avoid very mild and mild fluorosis - a cosmetic condition that is barely noticeable. Since fluorosis is caused by fluoride from other sources, many experts question if the lower recommended level of 0.7ppm was really necessary. The EPA has recommended fluoride be removed from source of drinking water only when it exceeds 4.0ppm.Jun 26, 2012
Mr. Jurik wrote: “So for every $100 we spend on fluoridation, over $99 goes to something other than our teeth." For argument's sake we'll say that Mr. Jurik is right about this.
Nonetheless, studies show that for every $1 spent on fluoridation, $38 is save in dental bills. So that $100 will save $3800 in dental bills. The $38 is a figure that was determined in the early 1990s, so you can probably figure that the savings are considerably more now. Also few people have dental insurance, so this is a direct savings to citizens.
In cities that have been fluoridated, dentists are seeing children grow up without cavities or very few. Fewer and fewer people need caps, root canals and dentures.
Regarding a comment below by "jwillie6": The Institute of Medicine, no less, classifies fluoride as a "nutrient." Toothpaste has about 1500 times the concentration of fluoridated water which is why you don't want to eat it. That old petition signed by 4000 professionals on the anti-fluoridation website has less than 50 dentists signing it, out of 175,000 working dentists in the USA today.
Jun 25, 2012