As you may know, I am writing a book titled "Health Freedom Lost." The chapter I am just finishing is on oral health. I asked Dr. Patricia Berube to make a contribution to this chapter and she went well beyond expectations. Information on Dr. Berube is included below along with her "must watch" video on oral care and dental decision advice.
What is provided below is mostly my musings. Those of Dr. Berube will presented in the next blog.
Today's topic: Fluoride........ (this text has not been copy edited yet...)
The issue about fluoride is about health freedom and not dental caries. In communities that add fluorine compounds to water leave their citizens with not or little choice. In many cases, the people do not know there is added fluorine compounds like they are aware that chlorine in one form or another is there to sanitize the water. Ultimately this is the issue:
Fluoride toothpaste: your choice to buy and use
Fluoride in water: If you cannot afford expensive removal systems or bottled water then you have no choice but to take in this additive at unnatural levels.
Dentists most often encourage fluoride as the only option to reduce dental decay even though it is NOT the root-cause of the process.
This does NOT look like health freedom to me.
There is only one conclusion to be drawn about fluoridation of water.
It is a failure.
Even if adding fluoride to water is safe, it is still a failure. In water fluoridation, it is most likely not sufficiently concentrated to impact tooth enamel but is enough to harm health. Figure 1 shows the rates of tooth decay in countries with and without fluoridation in water.
Figure 1. Left axis is the rate of dental decay measured in countries with and without water fluoridation. Right axis is the expenditure for dental care over the same period of time. The vertical green bars represent the spending during that year for dental care in the United States.
Fluoride toothpastes were introduced in the late 1950s. Many sources attribute dramatic reduction in cavities in the 1970s to these pastes and fluoride compounds in the water. Apparently dramatic upswing in dentists had no impact on dental health. The chart above implies the conclusions.
· Water fluoridation has no impact or tooth decay
· Fluoride in toothpastes may impact tooth decay
· Dental visits may impact tooth decay
The fluoride advocates indicate it is the fluoride that is predominantly responsible for reduction in cavities. It that is the case, why are we spending so much for dental care? Do we need to go to a dentist? Do we need to brush our teeth or can we just let the fluoridated water seep into the enamel and never have a cavity again?
If you want to live a long healthy life, enamel health is the least of your concerns. People who are aging are often referred to as "long in the tooth." This is a silly term that actually means "short in the gums." What does fluoride do for gum health other than nothing?
I never join a society because they all have advertised on hidden agendas. I would like to be a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) but I cannot align myself with any type of misinformation. The ACS should be the authority on fluoride but they fall short by promoting a chemical - fluoride. Not surprise, they are the American Chemical Society. Here is an article from the ACS titled, 'New evidence on how fluoride fights tooth decay.'[i]
Karin Jacobs and colleagues explain that despite a half-century of scientific research, controversy still exists over exactly how fluoride compounds reduce the risk of tooth decay. That research established long ago that fluoride helps to harden the enamel coating that protects teeth from the acid produced by decay-causing bacteria. Newer studies already found that fluoride penetrates into and hardens a much thinner layer of enamel than previously believed, lending credence to other theories about how fluoride works.