Fluoridation: A Summary

Fluoride-containing compounds, such as sodium fluoride or sodium monofluorophosphate are used in topical and systemic fluoride therapy for preventing tooth decay. They are used for water fluoridation and in many products associated with oral hygiene. Originally, sodium fluoride was used to fluoridate water; hexafluorosilicic acid (H2SiF6) and its salt sodium hexafluorosilicate (Na2SiF6) are more commonly used additives, especially in the United States. The fluoridation of water is known to prevent tooth decay and is considered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as "one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century".In some countries where large, centralized water systems are uncommon, fluoride is delivered to the populace by fluoridating table salt.

Can all of the very concerned peoples please caste their minds over the following.

A dentist told NSW Parliament last week that the World Health Organisation had declared access to fluoride for dental health a basic human right.

Liberal Blue Mountains MP Roza Sage recalled treating the rotten teeth of many children living in the upper Mountains, beyond Springwood, which had once been the boundary where fluoridation of Sydney's water stopped.

''There is nothing worse than seeing children - and sometimes very little children - in pain with a toothache, a condition that is entirely preventable,'' she said.

Blue Mountains City Council began water fluoridation in 1992 and, in the next decade, the rate of tooth decay in local children almost halved.

Ninety-seven per cent of the NSW population now has access to fluoridated water. Yet, in an era when the science is in, the benefits are known and access to the technology has been solved (the state government has put $7.5 million on the table for councils still needing infrastructure), fluoridation was the subject of angry debate in the Parliament.

A Nationals MP called some Greens councillors ''rabid dogs'' and blamed them, and the internet, for the stubborn refusal of 14 councils, most notably in Byron Bay, to fluoridate their towns' water.

Sage lashed out at anti-fluoridation ''zealots'' but then accused Labor of playing politics on the issue. Labor pointed to the Deputy Premier, Nationals MP Andrew Stoner, opposing fluoridation at a 2009 forum in Wauchope, captured on YouTube.

The upshot is that a bill put forward by opposition health spokesman Andrew McDonald that would have compelled water authorities to add fluoride, even when a council opposed this, was voted down. Even the dentist voted against it. The government argued it had made an election commitment to support councils to make local decisions.

The bill was sparked by some extraordinary events in northern NSW last year. In September, Lismore City Council overturned its decision not to fluoridate, after seven years. The council had acted after alarm about young children having teeth extracted. But the fight by anti-fluoridation campaigners had led them to take the issue to the High Court and lose. NSW's chief health officer, Kerry Chant, was threatened with poisoning at the council meeting by angry campaigners.

McDonald reckoned the harassment was ''a line in the sand'' and the state government needed to act to protect the health of children.

Independent Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper pointed out that Lismore's mayor had said she wanted the decision-making (and presumably the harassment) removed from councils like hers.

Piper drew a comparison with the childhood vaccination legislation that Labor put forward last year - swiftly adopted by the government - and called for the O'Farrell government to reintroduce its own version of the fluoridation bill.

Although Ballina Shire Council recently joined Lismore and also voted to fluoridate, Byron Shire Council rejected it in November. The result is that children growing up in Byron Bay will have a greatly increased risk of tooth decay. They will also have a higher risk of catching whooping cough or measles, because of low vaccination rates.

Last year, Labor proposed a bill that would ban unvaccinated children from attending childcare. It was a response to worsening vaccination rates in well-heeled areas of Sydney and the north coast.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner quickly responded with the government's own legislation. To attend a childcare centre in NSW, children must now provide a vaccination record. If they are unvaccinated because their parents are conscientious objectors, the parents must sit down with a doctor or nurse and listen to the risks of not vaccinating. But the law does not exclude the children of conscientious objectors from childcare.

The government claims it is similarly using education to increase fluoridation. This includes sending senior officials such as Chant, armed with science and facts, directly into the line of fire.

But McDonald warned that Byron Bay was ''only the start of the anti-fluoridation lobby to divide and conquer'' and there was a risk more councils would discontinue fluoridating, as in Queensland.

The Newman government axed compulsory fluoridation in 2012, giving the decision to councils.

This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/divisive-debate-on-fluoride-leads-to-a-rotten-conclusion-20140301-33so4.html


Prevention Cures.

Yes, it does! As part of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to regulate the number of contaminants in drinking water. One part of the process of decontaminating water and providing additional health benefits is adding fluoride.

While the EPA doesn’t automatically add fluoride to a city’s drinking water, a city or municipality can make the decision to fluoridate their water on their own. In these cases, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides information for the optimum fluoride levels to help decrease tooth decay. Those levels can be anywhere from .5 to 1 milligram of fluoride per liter of drinking water, depending on the climate where you live and natural fluoride levels that may already be present in your local water supply.

What does fluoride do?

In essence, fluoride reduces tooth decay and helps prevent holes or cavities from forming on your teeth, but it also acts in additional ways to benefit your tooth health.

Prevents cavities- Fluoridated water creates low levels of fluoride in your saliva, which reduces the rate at which your tooth enamel demineralizes (preventing cavities)
Fights existing cavities- Fluoridated water also helps to increase the rate at which tooth enamel re-mineralizes (fighting existing or newly formed cavities)
Many countries have naturally fluoridated water making additional water fluoridation unnecessary. Other countries and populations find water fluoridation unnecessary because of alternative methods of fluoride intake like specialized salts or fluoride based toothpaste invented in the 1970s. The debate is contentious as to whether or not water fluoridation is still necessary in the U.S., but its use may still be justified as long as vast inequalities in dental and health care exist.

This image of a Crowd could approximate the number of people who have or are suffering from the "Fluorosis Condition" I certainly do not want people to think that all the myriad in the photo have or will get the idea that all the images seen here are not under the "Endemic Influence" of the Fluorosis Condition which cannot be blamed on Scientific Optimum conditions.

I must say that natural F- in the Water supply is the usual cause for an Endemic bought of Fluorosis, but then again Topical and Local uses could be a contributing Factor.

Optimum.In some of the conditions of the F- .

THE LOGIC HERE IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN

The amount of Dental Caries and the rate of Dental Fluorosis. Which in many of the areas surveyed, was found to be a very minimal amount.

It has been Scientifically Proven, beyond doubt, that The F- reduces the amount of decay in the Deciduous and Permanent Dentitions. But also the amount of Fluorosis, increases. Remembering that The F- can be given in a number of ways. Systemically--- in the Water Supplies--- Topically--- in the form of Toothpastes and Mouthwashes etc ---And Locally in the treatment regime of Dental Operators

Let us have a definition of the condition known as Fluorosis.

1. a condition due to ingestion of excessive amounts of fluorine..
2. a condition in humans due to exposure to excessive amounts of fluorine or its compounds, resulting from accidental ingestion of certain insecticides and rodenticides, chronic inhalation of industrial dusts or gases, or prolonged ingestion of water containing large amounts of fluorides; characterized by skeletal changes such as osteofluorosis and by mottled enamel when exposure occurs during enamel formation.

Fluorosis, chronic endemic dental (mottled enamel), n an enamel defect caused by excessive ingestion of fluoride, possibly in the water supply (usually 8 ppm) during the period of tooth calcification. Affected teeth appear chalky white on eruption and later turn brown.

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  1. Fluoride therapy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  2. Fluoride therapy is the delivery of fluoride to the teeth, topically or systemically, to protect them from dental caries (cavities). Strictly speaking, fluoride ...
  3. Benefits · Mechanism · Delivery · Health risks · Fluoride conversion chart
  4. Fluoride Conversions - Colgate Professional
    www.colgateprofessional.com.au/.../Resources/Fluoride_Conversions.pdf · PDF file
  5. Fluoride Conversions How do I interpret and convert the fluoride concentrations of fluoride products? Commonly, fluoride concentration on products are expressed as ...
  6. FLUORIDE 5000 PPM TOOTHPASTE | Drugs.com
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  7. Duraphat® 5000 ppm Fluoride Toothpaste (sodium fluoride) Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine. • Keep this leaflet.
  8. Sodium fluoride - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  9. Sodium fluoride / ˌ s oʊ d i ə m ˈ f l ʊər aɪ d is an inorganic chemical compound with the formula NaF. A colorless solid, it is a source of the fluoride ion ...
  10. Structure, general ... · Production · Applications · Safety
  11. CDC - Other Fluoride Products - Community Water ...
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  12. Solutions of 0.20% sodium fluoride (920 ppm fluoride) are used in supervised, school-based weekly rinsing programs. Other concentrations also are available. Use
    Science&Technology: American Dental Association
    www.ada.org/EPUBS/science/2012/may/page.shtml
  13. Fluoride levels in OTC products. In 2011, when the Department of Health and Human Services proposed changing its recommendation for the level of fluoride in optimally ...
    Sodium Fluoride Drops 0.5 mg/mL - DailyMed
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  14. SODIUM FLUORIDE- sodium fluoride solution/ drops Sancilio & Company Inc. Disclaimer: ... Fluoride Ion Level in Drinking Water (ppm)* < 0.3 ppm 0.3 - 0.6 ppm
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  15. Each mL of Sodium Fluoride Drops 0.5 mg contains 0.5 mg fluoride ion (F-) from 1.1 mg sodium fluoride (NaF). For use as a dental caries preventive in pediatric patients.
    Fluoride Toothpastes » How to look after your teeth ...
    www.dentalhealth.ie/dentalhealth/teeth/fluoridetoothpastes.html
  16. Fluoride compounds and their combinations which have been tested for the control of dental decay include sodium fluoride, ... Fluoride toothpaste ... 600 ppm fluoride.
    2012 Fluoride Therapy Guide - Colgate Professional ...
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  17. Active Ingredient 1.1% sodium fluoride (5,000 ppm F-) 1.1% sodium fluoride (5,000 ppm F-) Patient Condition • Medium to high caries risk • Root exposure.

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