Frequently asked Questions
WHY IS FLUORIDE ADDED TO WATER?
Fluoride is added to drinking water in an attempt to prevent the tooth
decay in young children which is generally caused by poor diet, excess
Unlike Chlorine it is not added for purposes of water treatment. As
it is intended to affect the teeth it is medication through the water
ISN,T IT JUST A PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURE LIKE VACCINATION?
Any medication you take is a considered choice for most and protected
Although Fluoride is being used to treat the teeth and is therefore
a medication it has not been subjected to the rigorous testing and legislation
required for drug and food products.
There has never been an informed national debate about the ethics of
adding chemicals to the water supply to affect health issues such as
obesity, smoking , mental health etc.
DOES FLUORIDE WORK?
Internationally levels of dental decay have improved over the last
few decades. This has been linked to better dental care and the use
of fluoride toothpaste. Many countries and areas in the UK who have
rejected water fluoridation have better dental decay than fluoridated
Water fluoridation was introduced decades ago without adequate evidence
of its safety or effectiveness. Its use in water is now widely questioned.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH USING FLUORIDE?
Everyone has individual exposure and tolerance levels. Anyone with
poor kidney or digestive functions will be unable to effectively excrete
fluoride. Also at risk are infants fed milk formula made up with fluoridated
Approximately 50% of the amount you take in is excreted. The remainder
is deposited in the bones and over time levels build up in the body
. Skeletal and dental fluorosis are well documented consequences of
over exposure to fluoride.
To avoid fluorosis you need information about controlling fluoride intake
and knowledge about your daily levels and lifetime intake .
HOW CAN I GET TESTED FOR FLUORIDE LEVELS IN MY BODY?
No fluoride information or tests have been made available to West Cumbrians.
No testing of the daily levels or ongoing analysis of the fluoride deposited
in the skeleton have been undertaken locally or nationally by health
CAN I REMOVE FLUORIDE FROM MY WATER SUPPLY?
Only a specific water filter can remove fluoride see HOW CAN I AVOID
For more comprehensive information on how fluoride can affect your health
go to http://fluoridealert.org/