Largest Survey Yet Finds Fluoridation Safe And Effective

Fluoride treatment by dentists, as seen here, is much less needed where water supplies are fluoridated, and the most comprehensive report on the process finds it safe as well. Chanchai plongern/Shutterstock

Consequently, in 2007 the NHMRC, the main funding agency for Australian medical research, released a report into fluoridation of water supplies. The report concluded that there were no negative health effects from fluoride at concentrations of 0.6-1.0 parts per million, other than some discoloring of teeth, and that many tooth cavities were prevented as a result.

Science is always evolving, however, and the NHMRC is seeking to keep up to date on the evidence. In this case, all that has happened is that more studies have added considerable extra weight to the previous conclusions. More than 3,000 studies and reports were considered and assessed for quality.

The report has been released as a draft, with interested parties invited to discuss. Whether it could be made clearer and more readable, as well as point to any additional evidence that has not been considered, are valid points. However, it is unlikely that scaremongering misrepresentations of studies on websites with names like "fluoridesux" will alter the conclusion: fluoridation of water is safe.

However, it is unlikely that scaremongering misrepresentations of studies on websites with names like "fluoridesux" will alter the conclusion: fluoridation of water is safe.

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