From: New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.
Published November 10, 2004 10:48 AM

More Tooth Decay in Poor Children; Fluoridation No Help

Caries experience may be associated with income,” reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Low income, not fluoridation deficiency, predicts more cavities is revealed in newly-released statistics posted 10/25/04 on the CDC’s website (1).

Those states reporting third-graders cavity rates and children living below the federal poverty level indicate that poor children have more cavities – even when water is fluoridated. And, the states with the highest rates of fluoridation don’t have the lowest cavity rates. For example, CDC statistics show that:

Despite a 60% fluoridation rate, Arkansas has the most third-graders suffering with tooth decay (72%) and the highest number of poor children (45%)

Oklahoma third-graders endure the second worst cavity rate (69%) even though 3/4 of the state is fluoridated. But 41% are poor, the second poorest state on the CDC’s list.

Similarly, 89% fluoridated South Dakota reveals the third worst decay rate (68%) where 41% are poor.

At the low end:

Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont third-graders have the least decay – 49%, 45% and 44%, respectively, and the smallest amount of poor children (26%, 32% and 31%), Fluoridation rates: 63%, 75%, and 54%, respectively.

Additionally, the CDC reports that, while fluoridation numbers improved, cavity experience in two – four-year-olds got worse. (9)

Healthy people have healthy teeth. Ten of the twelve least healthiest (10) states as reported by the United Health Foundation have the most toothless populations (11) when compared to CDC statistics, even though most of those states are heavily fluoridated (12).

“The cavity-prone and toothless are not fluoride-deficient; but are fluoride overdosed. Poor health and/or low income predicts tooth decay,” says lawyer Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation. “Fluoridation is a waste of money and is no substitute for a healthy diet and dental care,” says Beeber..

Water engineers dispense fluoride chemicals into 2/3 of Americans via their water supply attempting to prevent tooth decay. However, in the United Kingdom, where only 10% drink fluoridated water, tooth decay rates are equal too or better than those of the U.S.(2) and have declined over the last ten years.(3)

In contrast, U.S. cavity rates increased (4) along with fluoride overdose symptoms, prompting some researchers to suggest that water fluoridation be stopped (5a,b).

In both the U.S. and U.K., lack of money and dental care predicts higher rates of tooth decay – regardless of fluoridation status (6a,b).

By neglecting the poor, organized dentistry helped create an oral health epidemic.(7) Promoting fluoridation may deflect government regulators from forcing dentists to treat poor children.(8) .

(2) U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Oral Health: Preventing Cavities, Gum Disease Disease, and Oral Cancers At A Glance 1004
(3) National Statistics “Dentinal Decay Children's permanent teeth better than ever”
(4) Wall Street Journal
(5a) “A Quantitative Look at Fluorosis and Fluoride Exposure and Intake of Children Using a Health Risk Assessment Approach,” Environmental Health Perspectives, by Serap Erdal1 and Susan N. Buchanan2, Online 14 September 2004
(6b) Inequalities in children’s caries experience: the nature and size of the UK problem,” by Nigel B. Pitts, Dental Health Services Research Unit, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
(8) Oregon Dental Association newsletter, April 2004, Volume 9, Number 11 (Page 6)
(9) Oral Health Progress Review 3/17/04 (slide 5)
(10) United Health Foundation “2004 Overall State Health Rankings”
(11) CDC tooth loss rates by state
(12) CDC’s 2004 Water Fluoridation Statistics By State

For more information, contact:
Paul Beeber
President and General Counsel
New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation

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