Smile! Tap water fluoride is safe after all

A new study showed that fluoride in tap water is good for us. Photo: Cordon Press.

Scientists have revealed that fluoride in tap water is safe for us after all and it can actually reduce the chance of getting tooth decay and improve our overall dental health.


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According to a Public Health England (PHE) report people living in areas where water fluoridation schemes are in place are less likely to have tooth decay than those in other areas.

Dental hygiene experts say there are ‘significant benefits’ of the schemes after compiling the first national report on the findings.

Fourteen out of 152 local authorities in England have water fluoridation schemes in place – covering six million people.

For the report experts measured the dental health of five-year-olds with baby teeth and 12-year-olds with adult teeth from both fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas. 

In areas which participate in the water adjustment scheme there were 45% fewer hospital admissions for tooth decay among children aged one to four.

There were 11% fewer 12-year-olds with tooth decay in fluoridated areas compared to non-fluoridated areas.

The findings also revealed lower rates of kidney stones and bladder cancer in fluoridated areas.

The report says: “Tooth decay is a significant public health problem in England.

Professor John Newton, PHE officer, said: “There is a good deal of speculation about water fluoridation schemes. This report provides new data which is direct evidence of the safety and efficacy of water fluoridation in England.

“There is no evidence of any effect on general health in fluoridated areas compared to non-fluoridated areas. There are important benefits in terms of dental health – it does look as if there are really significant benefits in those areas that have water fluoridation schemes.

“We will use this report as a basis for discussions with local authorities on the scope and content of further reports and on the role of fluoridation as a public health measure.”




  1. The world has learned the truth that fluoridation is ineffective for teeth and dangerous to health, so only 5% of the world and only 3% of Europe fluoridate their drinking water. Data from the World Health Organization shows that the tooth decay rate in Europe is as good or better than any fluoridated country.
    The solution for the fluoridation issue is very simple.
    1. Take the toxic waste fluoride chemical out of the drinking water.
    2. It is still legal and available, so those who wish to take it can then put fluoride in their own glass of water.
    3. Leave the rest of us out of it, giving everyone the freedom of choice.

  2. jwillie6 has made a claim that he does not support with any solid scientific evidence. This is typical of anti-fluoride activists because they are driven by personal ideology, as opposed to focusing on what will protect the health and well-being of children and adults.
    Contrary to what he claims, fluoride has long been a key part of Europe’s strategy to prevent tooth decay. Get the facts by reading this blog post:

  3. The fluoride added to tap water is fluorosilicic acid which is toxic waste from phosphate fertilizer factory chimneys. It’s more poisonous than lead and only slightly less so than arsenic.
    It is contaminated with mercury, lead, cyanide.
    The countries with the biggest fall in tooth decay are Sweden, Finland, Netherlands and Norway, which are not fluoridated.

  4. Ann:
    You are entirely correct about the content of the toxic waste fluoride (hydrofluorosilicic acid) which is added to drinking water where everyone is forced to comsume it aginst their will.

    We already know that Harvard University published an article showing that FLUORIDE reduces IQ in children.

    This month LANCET, one of the most respected medical journal in the world, published an report this month which adds FLUORIDE as one of six newly recognized “developmental neurotoxicants,” or chemicals that can cause damage to the central nervous system and the brain.

    “Fluoride and the other listed neurotoxicants are likely behind the increase in neurodevelopmental disabilities seen in children— including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia.”

  5. what a load of rubbish
    the lancet classified it as a neurotoxin last week, and the reason for the tooth decay is because they eat a to much processed food and sodas full of sugar., fluoride makes us stupid and the calcification of the pineal glands means people have no connection to the universe
    which is just how they want people,they dont want people to be connected. then we think too much and question too much
    I know it sounds a bit crazy but I absolutely believe it. its the whole dumming down process and the brainless consumerism.. news which isnt news. too much tv. subliminal messages. it all goes on

  6. Jakenow — You tell us that ‘fluoridation’ has been a key part of Europe’s strategy to prevent tooth decay. May I ask you if you have considered why, if these fluoridated acids and sodium fluoride compounds are to be used as medication, why is it that pharmaceutical-grade chemicals are not used? Why is it that the chemicals used are simply the toxic waste output of industry, with no attempt to remove the myriad of other toxic contaminants? Could there be a pharmaceutical-grade of hydrofluorosilicic acid, or a pharmaceutical-grade of sodium fluoride? My answer is “no, there couldn’t”, because both of these chemical compounds are highly re-active and toxic to all animals and insects.


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