Fluoride No Benefit to Low-Income Americans, Studies Show

May 22, 2007, 01:00 ET from NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.

    NEW YORK, May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Even when fluoridated water
 is the most consumed item, cavities are extensive when diets are poor,
 according to Caries Research.(1)
     Burt and colleagues studied low-income African-American adults,
 14-years- old and over, living in Detroit, Michigan, where water suppliers
 add fluoride chemicals attempting to prevent cavities. Yet, 83% of this
 population has severe tooth decay and diets high in sugars and fats, and
 low in fruits and vegetables.
     "The most frequently reported food on a daily basis was tap water,"
 write Burt's research team. Second were soft drinks and third were potato
     Tooth decay in fluoridated Detroit's toddlers' teeth is also shocking.
 Almost all of Detroit's five-year-olds have cavities; most of them go
     Low-Income Americans are often priced out of healthy eating.(2a).
     "Soda and chips are a cheap and accessible belly-filling meal," says
 lawyer Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to
 Fluoridation. "Fluoridation delivers only risks to poorly-fed Americans
 without any benefits," says Beeber.
     "Interventions to promote oral health are unlikely to be successful
 without improvements in the social and physical environment," write Burt et
     Further evidence that fluoridation fails:
     -- In New York State, fluoridation has not leveled out decay rates between
        haves and have-nots. Less cavities are not found in all fluoridated NYS
     -- In Illinois, where fluoridation is state-mandated, 70% of Spanish-
        speaking-only and 50% of English-speaking-only third-graders have
     -- A recent large federal government study shows that low-income
        children's primary tooth decay has spiked upwards. Non-poor children's
        primary decay rates were stable (5). "It's possible that those who
        drink free fluoridated tap water may actually have more cavities," says
     -- In fluoridated Anchorage, Alaska, sugar turned generations of the
        healthiest teeth in the world into some of the worst.(6)
     -- Most fluoridated cities and states are experiencing tooth decay crises.
        See:  http://www.fluoridenews.blogpsot.com
     "Recent media reports blaming bottled water for cavity increases are
 unscientific, illogical and deceptive," says Beeber.
     From 1/3 to 1/2 of U.S. school children are fluoride overdosed and
 sport dental fluorosis (fluoride discolored and/or pitted teeth).(7) Excess
 fluoride leads to decayed teeth.(8)
     "Fluoride is ineffective in non-healthy eaters and of no benefit to
 healthy eaters," says Beeber.
     References:  http://tinyurl.com/2nqdnb
     Contact: Paul Beeber, Esq.  516-433-8882 nyscof@aol.com

SOURCE NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.