Thursday, June 04, 2015

CDC Shows Fluoridation is Futile

News Release from New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF

CDC's Statistics Prove Fluoridation is Futile, says NYSCOF

New YorkJune  2015 --The CDC reports that almost all adults have cavities and significant oral health disparities by race still persist. This after 7 decades of fluoridation reaching record numbers of Americans via the water and food supply, reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF).
Fluoride added to public water supplies attempts to prevent cavities and level out decay between poor and non-poor, in children and adults.  But government statistics reveal it hasn’t.
The May 2015 CDC Data Brief by Dye et al. reports 90% of all adults have cavities and two-thirds of 40 to 64-year-olds lost one or more teeth due to decay. Tooth loss and untreated cavities are drastically higher in African-Americans. The poor are more cavity-prone but Dye failed to provide statistics based on socio-economic-status.
Dye said his figures are conservative since root or smooth surface cavities, more prevalent in the elderly, were excluded. He speculated that disparities persist because of a lack of dental care.
For example, in fluoridated Greeley, Colorado 60 to 70 percent of one dentist's child patients in Greeley need care that goes beyond checkups, such as fillings or other work, which he said is on par with the national average for lower-income communities, according to the Greeley Tribune. The reason is that most dentists won't accept Medicaid patients.
Dental Therapists could fix this problem,” says attorney Paul Beeber, NYSCOF President. “But organized dentistry, using its power and money, lobby against legalizing Dental Therapists, protecting its lucrative monopoly, instead,” says Beeber.
Inappropriately, the American Dental Association is “doubling down” on fluoridation causing government agencies to waste millions of dollars yearly which could be spent treating teeth not water.
Beeber says, “Fluoridation isn’t the solution; it’s the problem. Organized dentistry, with its pockets full of corporate cash, ‘fool’ legislators into believing fluoridation is a panacea for the poor when it’s just another way to avoid legislative mandates for dentists to treat Medicaid and Medicare patients.”
The Surgeon General's 2000 report identified oral health as a "silent epidemic."  But, nothing changed despite dozens of reports, meetings, hearings, webinars, and conferences, many of which identified fluoride research needs that still haven't been done. States hired fluoridation consultants, dental directors and conduct fluoridation spokesperson training.
“There has been no progress, really, in the national decay rates, especially in people who are living 100 percent below poverty,” according to that Greeley dentist.
According to the Indian Health Services (IHS) (April 2015), American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) preschoolers have the highest level of tooth decay of any population group in the US
IHS reports that "This disparity exists...Despite wide implementation of fluoridation, topical fluorides, dental sealants and oral health education," For example, 3/4 of AI/AN five-year-olds have primary teeth cavities (44% untreated).
By comparison, the NON-fluoridated counties in New York State have much lower third-graders' tooth decay rates shown in parentheses: Schuyler (29%), Tompkins (42%), Essex (50%), Montgomery (42%) , Putnam (39%), Rockland (47%) , Nassau (42%), Suffolk (49%),
  • Only about 2% of older adults have dental insurance
  • Emergency room visits due to dental problems more than doubled in the past decade
  • Obamacare, Medicare do not cover dental care for adults

“Fluoridation is a public health blunder that  must end,” says Beeber. Americans need dental care not fluoride.
SOURCE:  NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.
Fluoride's Adverse Health Effects:  http://www.FluorideAction.Net/issues/health


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