picture from early flouridation research


Since the 1940s adding fluoride to drinking water has been promoted by local and federal governments, as well as dentists, in order to prevent dental cavities. However, controversy concerning the fluoridation of water suggests that, while successful at staving off some of those cavities, the process may possibly generate other health-related issues.

Your assignment is to research fluoride. Find out exactly what it is, how it is used and promoted and why. Explore the different viewpoints. Are infants and children particularly vulnerable to possible harmful effects of fluoridation?  Is there validity to the arguments of anti-fluoridation critics? Do current standards of fluoridation need to be reassessed in light of current controversy or research? Is fluoridation a valid public health issue in the 21st century?

 Sites explaining or promoting fluoridation:

 Recommendations for Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control Dental Caries in the United States

 Fluoride definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of popular medical terms

 CSIndy: Sources on Fluoride (May 11 - May 17, 2000) *also contains anti-fluoride sources

 ADA.org: A-Z Topics: Fluoride & Fluoridation: Fluoridation Facts Introduction

 ADA.org: Science in the News: New ADA Report Offers Evidence-Based Clinical Recommendations for Professionally Applied Topical Fluoride






Sites against fluoridation or arguing for connection to health-related issues:

 Fluoride: Worse Than We Thought

 WAPF: Environmental Toxins

 Children's Unique Vulnerability to Environmental Toxins

 Study: Women Bear Brunt of Environmental Toxins

 The Flouride Debate | Welcome to the Discussion