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Latest Water fluoridation in the United States Stories

2011-02-25 11:29:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite admission by the Federal Government that American children are being over-exposed to fluoride, and that fluoride's benefits are primarily topical, the Arkansas State Senate passed legislation on Thursday to force fluoridation on the entire state. This legislation will require cities to add unnecessary, untested fluoride chemicals into the water supply, clearly risking the health of many Arkansas residents. Fluoridation...

2011-02-07 18:01:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The federal government has proposed that water fluoride levels be lowered to 0.7 parts per million to stem the growing incidence of dental fluorosis (discolored and/or pitted teeth), which now affects 41% of adolescents ages 12-15. However, this "lowered" level of fluoride is still too high, and will not protect millions of American children from dental fluorosis. Nor will it protect against fluoride's other effects, including potentially...

2011-01-21 07:40:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On January 18, 2011, NYC Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. introduced legislation (Int 0463-2011) "prohibiting the addition of fluoride to the water supply." Fluoride chemicals are added to NYC's water in a failed effort to reduce tooth decay. Vallone writes on his website, "There is a growing body of evidence that fluoride does more harm than good." More than 3,270 professionals (including over 290 dentists) urge that fluoridation be...

2011-01-07 08:51:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Dental Association (ADA) today commended the Federal agencies responsible for public health and safety for recalibrating the ratio of fluoride to water that they consider optimal based on scientific evaluation and the full appreciation of fluoride received from all sources. As a science-based organization, the ADA supports the Department of Health and Human Services' recommendation to set the level for optimally fluoridated...

2010-10-07 09:17:00

New study confirms bottle-fed babies are overexposed to fluoride NEW YORK, Oct 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study confirms infants fed formula reconstituted with fluoridated water are at greater risk of developing discolored teeth (dental fluorosis). (1) The American Dental Association (ADA) warned dentists about this in 2006 but has done little or nothing to inform the nearly 200 million Americans who live in communities with fluoridated drinking water. The study by Levy et al.,...

2010-08-12 12:29:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The medical and public health community is shocked by the news that young American girls are reaching puberty at ages as young as 7 years (1). However, according to Paul Connett, PhD, Director of the Fluoride Action Network, "If fluoride's dangers had not been taken off the scientific radar screen by the US Public Health Service when it prematurely endorsed fluoridation in 1950, maybe key warning signals would not have been ignored for over 50...

2010-02-22 23:01:00

One of Nine States to Receive an "F" grade WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New Jersey is failing to ensure the dental health needs of its children, according to a report released by the Pew Center on the States. The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children, released with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the DentaQuest Foundation, grades each state's policy responses to the urgent challenges in dental health among America's children. Pew's...

2010-02-22 23:01:00

One of Nine States to Receive "B" Grade WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Colorado is on track when it comes to addressing the dental health needs of its children, according to a report released by the Pew Center on the States. The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children, released with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the DentaQuest Foundation, grades each state's policy responses to the urgent challenges in dental health among America's...

2009-10-21 09:18:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- All infant formulas, whether ready-to-feed, concentrated or organic, contain fluoride at levels which can discolor developing teeth, reports the October 2009 Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA)(1). Fluoride, added to some bottled and public water supplies ostensibly to prevent cavities, is also in many foods and beverages, including infant formula. Excessive fluoride discolors and/or weakens permanent teeth (moderate fluorosis)....

2009-09-29 08:27:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Children's cavity rates are similar whether water is fluoridated or not, according to data published in the July 2009 Journal of the American Dental Association by dentist J.V. Kumar of the NY State Health Department(1), reports NYSCOF. In 2008, New York City spent approximately $24 million on water fluoridation ($5 million on fluoride chemicals)(1a). In 2010, NYC's fluoride chemicals will cost $9 million(1b). Fluoride in water at...