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Study Proves Fluoride Does Not Promote ‘Healthy Teeth’

Published on January 1, 2016 by   ·   1 Comment

A new study proves that fluoride does not create healthy teeth as Brits are said to have better teeth than Americans


A new study by Harvard and University College London has found that Brits have healthier teeth than Americans due to Britain having less fluoride in the drinking water. 

With a fluoridation rate of of 74%, Americans find it hard to escape the dangers of fluoride. Britain’s water supply, on the other hand, only has 10% of its supply fluoridated. reports:

“Contrary to popular belief, our study showed that the oral health of U.S. citizens is not better than the English, with Americans having significantly more missing teeth,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Richard Watt, Professor in Dental Public Health, Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health, at UCL.

There is a longstanding belief in the United States that the British have terrible teeth, much worse than U.S. citizens. This view dates back at least 100 years, with toothpaste adverts extolling the virtues of American smiles.

Contemporary examples of this belief in popular U.S. culture range from The Simpsons to the popular Hollywood character Austin Powers and his repugnant smile.

Researchers looked to data on thousands of people in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the English Adult Dental Health Survey and found the “mean number of missing teeth was significantly higher in the U.S.,” at 7.31 versus 6.97 in England. The numbers are striking for juveniles, as 12-year-old Britons with missing or filled teeth averaged 0.7, while U.S. 12-year-olds averaged 1.3. With fluoridated water being touted as the reason for outstanding dental health in the U.S., the results of this study certainly call such boastful claims to task.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found rates of dental fluorosis — “caused by long-term ingestion of fluoride during the time teeth are forming” and characterized by white spots in its mildest forms, to “staining andpitting in the more severe forms” — increased from 1999-2004 (the year of its study data) over previous numbers in the period from 1986-1987. This happened despite the original goal of fluoridation in the 1930s of decreasing the dental fluorosis rate.According to the CDC’s web page on Community Fluoridation:

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Readers Comments (1)

  1. Jessica Anne Jessica Anne says:

    I started using a water filter for everything even cooking around 3 months ago. I also gave up fluoridated toothpaste at the same time. Your mouth goes through some changes for the first couple of weeks but then you adjust. Fluoride has a lot to answer for and not just for giving you bad teeth!

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