The overwhelming praise for fluoridation raises concerns that receive scant attention in this debate. While many readers seem to embrace its use, most developed nations and much of Western Europe would disagree. Moreover, there are numerous cities in the United States that are moving away from fluoridation. I quote the New York Times:
“For decades, the issue of fluoridated water remained on the fringes … but as more cities take up the issue in a more measured way, it is shifting away from conspiracy and toward the mainstream. The conclusion among these communities is that with fluoride now so widely available in toothpaste and mouthwash, there is less need to add it to water, which already has naturally occurring fluoride.
“Putting it in tap water, they say, is an imprecise way of distributing fluoride; how much fluoride a person gets depends on body weight and water consumed.”
We hear far too much praise and far too few voices that counsel caution. Perhaps this site,
www.fluoridealert.org, should receive a bit more scrutiny? I would like to hear more from the opponents, who seem to be marginalized in this debate.