The Fluoride Debate

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

HISTORY/
ENVIRONMENT

CENSORSHIP

THE FLUORIDE
DEBATE

BENEFITS
Question 1
Question 2
Question 3
Question 4
Question 5
Question 6
Question 7
Question 8

ALTERNATIVES
Question 9
Question 10
Question 11
Question 12


SAFETY
Question 13
Question 14

OVERDOSE
Question 15
Question 16
Question 17

DISEASES
Question 18
Question 19
Question 20
Question 21
Question 22
Question 23
Question 24
Question 25
Question 26
Question 27
Question 28
Question 29
Question 30
Question 31
Question 32
Question 33

PUBLIC
POLICY

Question 34
Question 35
Question 36
Question 37
Question 38
Question 39
Question 40

COST
EFFECTIVENESS
Question 41
Question 42
Question 43

CONCLUSION

SAFETY

Question 14.
Are additional studies being conducted to determine the effects of fluorides in humans?

ADA's Fluoridation Facts Short Answer
Yes. Since its inception, fluoridation has undergone a nearly continuous process of reevaluation. As with other areas of science, additional studies on the effects of fluorides in humans can provide insight as to how to make more effective choices for the use of fluoride. The American Dental Association and the U.S. Public Health Service support this ongoing research.

ADA's Fluoridation Facts Long Answer
For the past 50 years, detailed reports have been published on all aspects of fluoridation.54, 96 The accumulated dental, medical and public health evidence concerning fluoridation has been reviewed and evaluated numerous times by academicians, committees of experts, special councils of government and most of the world's major national and international health organizations. The verdict of the scientific community is that water fluoridation, at the recommended levels, provides major oral health benefits. The question of possible secondary health effects caused by fluorides consumed in optimal concentrations throughout life has been the object of thorough medical investigations which have failed to show any impairment of general health.82, 92-95

In scientific research, there is no such thing as "final knowledge." New information is continuously emerging and being disseminated. While research continues, the weight of scientific evidence indicates water fluoridation is safe and effective in preventing dental decay in humans.54

Additional discussion on this topic may be found in Question 36.

Repeat of Question 14.
Are additional studies being conducted to determine the effects of fluorides in humans?

Opposition's Response

Numerous studies have already proven that fluoridation does not prevent tooth decay, and that it contributes to many diseases, but proponents totally ignore all negative reports even when the study has been done by "one of their own."

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