Australia's Dental Service has also spoken out aganst fluoride. This wouldn't be the first time America has lagged behind the world in science.
Look, I'm not trying to convince anybody of anything. I've done my research and made up my mind. Want a nice simple life? Just follow the ADA and be happy. Ignorance is bliss.
Do you have an academic calling to question the satus quo and form your OWN opinions based on scientific data? Then go to Web MD, British Medical Journal and Pub Med, etc and do your own research. You will find arguments for and against fluoride.
My MIL works at the Mayo so I have access to most studies - you may also find a few online. You can for sure find these studues at any decent library, happy reading:
Crystal Wyand, spokesperson, FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, e-mail correspondence.
Brian A. Burt, "The Case for Eliminating the Use of Dietary Fluoride Supplements for Young Children," Journal of Public Health Dentistry (Fall 1999): 269.
Euan Swan, "Dietary Fluoride Supplement Protocol for the New Millennium," J Can Dent Assoc 66 (2000): 362-363.
National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement, "Diagnosis and Management of Dental Caries Throughout Life " (March 26-28, 2001).
"Dental Association Blames Children's Tooth Decay on Too Much Soda Pop," Associated Press (April 15, 2000). detnews.com
Hardy Limeback, BSc, PhD, DDS, Letter of Concern, April 2000.
"Is there a need for fluoride supplements?," Health Department of Western Australia, Dental Services. http://www.q-net.net....es/Fsupps.html
Warren et al., "Systemic Fluoride Sources, Amounts, and Effects of Ingestion," Cariology (October 1999): 695-707.
"The Story of Fluoridation, " National Institute of Dental Research.
Newbrun, "The Case for Reducing the Current Council on Dental Therapeutics Fluoride Supplementation Schedule," Journal of Public Health Dentistry (Fall 1999): 263.
US Centers for Disease Control Fluoridation Census, 1992.
US Department of Health and Human Services, "Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General" (May 2000): 167.
IMS Health, a company that provides information to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.
F. Rojas-Sanchez et al., "Fluoride intake from foods, beverages, and dentifrice by young children in communities with negligibly and optimally fluoridated water: A pilot study," Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 27 (August 1999): 288-297.
Levy et al., "Infants' Fluoride Ingestion from Water, Supplements, and Dentifrice," Journal of the American Dental Association (December 1995): 1625.
Michael Downey, "A crack appears in the fluoride front," Toronto Star (April 25, 1999).
M. S. McDonagh et al., "Systematic Review of Water Fluoridation," British Medical Journal 321, no. 7265 (October 7, 2000): 855-859.
Douglas Carnall, "Website of the Week: Water Fluoridation." British Medical Journal
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, "Benefits and Risks of Water Fluoridation," report released in January 2001.
Seppa et al., "Caries Trends 1992-1998 in Two Low-Fluoride Finnish Towns Formerly with and without Fluoridation," Caries Res. 34, no. 6 (November-December 2000): 462-468.
Kunzel et al., "Caries Prevalence after Cessation of Water Fluoridation in LaSalud, Cuba," Caries Res. 34, no.1 (January-February 2000): 20-25.
Kunzel et al., "Decline of Caries Prevalence after the Cessation of Water Fluoridation in the Former East Germany," Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 28, no. 5 (October 2000): 382-389.
Brian A. Burt et al., "The Effects of a Break in Water Fluoridation on the Development of Dental Caries and Fluorosis," J Dent Res. 79, no. 2 (February 2000): 761-769.
Maupome et al., "Patterns of Dental Caries Following the Cessation of Water Fluoridation," Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 29, no. 1 (February 2001): 37-47.
Kalsbeek et al., "Caries Experience of 15-year-old Children in the Netherlands after Discontinuation of Water Fluoridation," Caries Res. 27, no. 3 (1999): 201-205.
US Department of Health and Human Services, "Oral Health and the State: Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)."
US Department of Health and Human Services, "Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General" (May 2000): 250