Are We Poisoning Our Babies And Children With Fluoride?

October 1, 2008 | 5 Comments

The fluoride controversy makes us wonder who truly benefits from pouring this hazardous waste into our drinking supply!

Living in one of those states which has plenty of fluoride in our water, we feel the frustration of being “medicated” without our consent, and felt this to be a great topic. Especially since over fluoridating our babies and toddlers can lead to unnecessary health concerns and/or dangers.

Controversy Over Dental Benefits Of Fluoride

The Fluoride Action Network states, “In the second half of the 20th century, a steep decline in tooth decay occurred among children in the United States. Proponents of water fluoridation have long claimed that this reduction in tooth decay is primarily the result of adding fluoride to water.

When the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) nominated water fluoridation as one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century, it published the graph below which showed the reduction of cavities in US children coupled with the increase in water systems that have been fluoridated since the 1960’s.

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The CDC referred to the graph with the statement: “as a result [of water fluoridation], dental caries declined precipitously during the second half of the 20th century. However, what the CDC failed to mention is that similar declines in tooth decay have occurred in virtually EVERY western country, most of which do not fluoridate water.” (see second graph below)

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Isn’t the most logical answer to keeping cavities at bay simply to reduce sugar intake in our diets anyways? Such a simple safe alternative to poisoning our water with fluoride!

Fluoride Water For Infants

Those most at risk of ingesting too much fluoride are infants. Knowing this, it is so hard to see parents giving their babies fluorinated water. Of course, the parent is just doing what they think is best for their child, but marketing tools have mislead them.

“Newborn babies have undeveloped brains, and exposure to fluoride, a suspected neurotoxin, should be avoided,” notes Hardy Limeback, a member of a 2006 National Research Council panel on fluoride toxicity, and former President of the Canadian Association of Dental Research.

Fluoride is linked with other health problems as well, including weakened bones, reduced thyroid activity, and possibly, bone cancer in boys, according to a recent report from a team of Harvard scientists, the US National Research Council and other recent studies.

Dentist Speaks Out Against Fluoride

This wonderful video, done by a reputable dentist of 30 years, is a must see for all parents facing the decision “To fluoridate or not to fluoridate?”

A Statement About Fluoride In Tap Water is a 5 minute video presented by Dr. Bill Osmunson D.D.S.. Also holding Master degrees in Public Health and Nutrition and Health Education, Dr. Bill Osmunson gives his educated reasoning behind why he once promoted fluoridation, and on why he is now aggressively against it.

HUMAN STUDIES- Fluoride’s Impact on IQ

The Fluoride Alert Organization also says, “Fluoride’s ability to damage the brain represents one of the most active areas of research on fluoride toxicity today.

Concern about fluoride’s impact on the brain has been fueled by 18 human studies (from China, Mexico, India, and Iran) reporting IQ deficits among children exposed to excess fluoride, by 4 human studies indicating that fluoride can enter, and damage, the fetal brain; and by a growing number of animal studies finding damage to brain tissue (at levels as low as 1 ppm) and impairment of learning and memory among fluoride-treated groups.”2

According to the US National Research Council, “it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain.”

Safe Alternative Measures – Keeping Excessive Fluoride Out

For infants, the safest alternative is BREAST MILK! Mom’s body will filter out excessive fluoride and is the best way to nourish our babies until they are at least 12 months old.

A recent investigation by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that over-exposure to fluoride among infants is a widespread problem in most major American cities. EWG’s study found that, on any given day, up to 60% of formula-fed babies in US cities were exceeding the Institute of Medicine’s “upper tolerable” limit for fluoride.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that up to 48% of US school children are fluoride overdosed and sport dental fluorosis – 4% of it severe. Dr. Osmunson said it can cost tens of thousands of dollars over the years to cover dental fluorosis for people who can afford this out-of-pocket expense.

Also, our babies and children swallow toothpaste nearly each time they brush their teeth. So, choosing a fluoride-free toothpaste is one step in the right direction. SafBaby recommends Tom’s of Maine Natural Fluoride-Free Toothpaste for Children. It comes in a Silly Strawberry flavor which our girls enjoy.

Knowing how much fluoride your baby is getting through daily water intake is important. Again, the recommended excessive level for babies from the EPA is 2.0 mg/L. To find the average of fluoride in your tap water, go here.

Take Action to End Fluoridation Now

“Water is supposed to be safe for everyone. Why add a chemical that makes it knowingly unfit for young children? The US should follow Europe’s lead and end fluoridation,” says Michael Connett, Project Director of the Fluoride Action Network.

We should have the right to supplement fluoride into our bodies and our babies as we see necessary. Since reverse osmosis filtration is the most effective way to filter fluoride out of our tap water (and this can be quite spendy), we should have the right to keep it out of our tap water.

Tell your Congressional representatives you want an end to fluoridation now!

NEXT on Fluoride: Safbaby’s Interview with Fluoride Expert

To find out what the excessive level is for young children, how you can reduce exposure, what kind of fluoride is commonly used in tap water, what foods contain fluoride and more, please read our next article on Fluoride Part 2: Children and Fluoride FAQ – A Must Read For Every Parent!


Fluoride Action Network  (FAN)

2 The Fluoride Alert Organization


Category: 0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Drinking, Fluoride

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  • nyscof

    Fluoridation & Tea Do Not Mix, Studies continue to show

    Fluoridation puts tea drinkers at risk of damaged bones, discolored teeth and soft tissue harm, studies show.

    Tea has naturally high fluoride levels. Excess fluoride can weaken bones and discolor children’s un-erupted teeth. When fluoridated water is used to make tea, fluoride levels consumed can be health damaging.

    Four cups, of 20 teas sampled, delivered 0.8 to 1.8 mg of fluoride, when non-fluoridated water was used, reports Cao et al. in Food Chemistry.

    “Among populations habitually consuming black tea, water fluoridation is not only unnecessary but also possibly harmful…The target organs of chronic fluoride intoxication are not only the teeth and skeleton, but also the liver, kidney, nervous and reproductive systems,” they write.

    A March 2008 Food and Chemical Toxicology study found up to 4.5, 1.8, and 0.5 mg/L fluoride in black, green and white teas, respectively, when brewed for 5 minutes (61 teas sampled).

    Brewed teas could contain up to 6 mg/L fluoride depending on the amount of dry tea used, the water fluoride concentration and the brewing time, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

    According to 1997 ADA data, 3 and 4 milligrams daily is adequate for women and men, respectively, to prevent fluoride’s adverse effects. It’s much lower for children. In 2006, the National Research Council reported the basis for those levels should be reduced.

    Case Reports by Cao and Yi in the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry (February 2008) “Tea and fluorosis:”

    –A 57-year-old Englishman’s misdiagnosed Paget’s disease (weakened bones) with osteoarthritis was finally correctly diagnosed as skeletal fluorosis caused by his long-term heavy tea-drinking habit.

    –A Pakistani woman’s dental fluorosis resulted solely from tea which she consumed from age two.

    –A 36-year-old Chinese woman’s ten-years of joint pain disappeared when she stopped drinking tea.

    –French doctors identified 5 patients who developed bone softening (osteomalacia) from drinking tea.

    — An American woman’s fluoride-caused debilitating joint pains disappeared when her two-gallon-a-day iced-tea habit stopped.

    “By 2020, one in two Americans over age 50 will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis or low bone mass,” according to the Surgeon General.

    “It’s clear that fluoridation is increasing Americans’ bone damage. Presidential candidates must pledge to stop water fluoridation if they truly care about individuals and not fluoridation-supporting special interest groups such as the American Dental Association,” says attorney Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.

    Fluoride is in many foods as determined by the USDA

    According to American Dental Association, the adequate intake of fluoride to avoid moderate fluorosis (yellow teeth) is:

    — 0.01 mg/day for 0 to 6-month-olds
    — 0.5 mg/day for 7 through 12 months
    — 0.7 mg/day for 1 to 3-year-olds
    — 1.0 mg/day for 4 to 8-year-olds

    Mild fluorosis is white spots, lines or blotches to the teeth and can occur at levels lower than the above.

    The CDC reports that fluorosis afflicts up to 48% of US school children – 4% of it severe.

    Both the ADA and CDC advise that infant formula should not be mixed with fluoridated water.

    New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation


    Past News Releases:


    Food Chemistry, “Safety evaluation on fluoride content in black tea,” by Cao et al. (November 2004)

    Food Chemical Toxicology, “Assessment of fluoride concentration and daily intake by human from tea and herbal infusions,” by Malinowska et al. (March 2008)

    Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, “Tea and fluorosis,” by Juan Yi and Jin Cao (February 2008)

  • Carmoora Clinic

    This review of how safe fluoride is for kids reminds me of reading the old articles in the 1960s asking if smoking was safe. As the evidence grew, every repeated claim of safety just became more and more ridiculous!

    Two kids came in recently, one to get treated for excema and the other for severe colic. Of course both had got sick with these well known fluoride symptoms after their town in Gippsland Australia was fluoridated. Both fully recovered when taken off fluoride. But with government and not the tobacco industry now behind this toxic exposure, how much longer will it take for the mistake to be admitted this time?

  • ghimes valentina

    helloo!I read your article and there is one question that I need to ask to anyone that can help me with an answer:I have been given my 18 months baby some pills called Fluor-vigantoletten 500, for 9 months now(he is 86cm tall and 13 kg).I have to mention he has already grown almost all of his teeths.I gave him this pills because my doctor told me it will help him.I need some reassuring that I haven’t poisoned my son all this time and a response to let me know what is best to do next.Please:HELP! if my english is poor,my escuse is that I’m from Romania,english is not my native language.Help me and thank you.

  • mary poole

    does organic food also have fluoride?

  • Alfred Moya

    I think fluoride is a dangerous poison and it has done irreparable damage to my youngest sons teeth. He seems to be one of the few children actually allergic to fluoride and we were unaware how much damage it can do until it was too late. His teeth rotted out and we brushed them on a regular basis. As the cavities began to develop we were stumped when we knew we kept them clean but it seems the fluoride eats the enamel in his teeth and we had to have them all replaced before the age of 10.

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