Fluoridation of Drinking Water

Fluoride was introduced in drinking water in 1940. At the time, it was considered a medical innovation with multiple benefits for oral health. Today, over 75 years later, experts from around the world are skeptical of its benefits.
Most people are unaware that fluoride is added to already-treated drinking water in order to protect children against the eventual formation of cavities. Neither do many people know that fluoride, which is also used by dentists to clean teeth, is an acid derivative; it is therefore a chemical like many others.

No Effect on the Prevention of Cavities

Studies from around the world have proven that people in countries that do not use fluoride in their water have no more cavities than those that do, as a result of better teeth hygiene. It is therefore not a valid reason to continue the fluoridated drinking water after it has been treated.

Despite this, our government, in this case municipalities with the approval of Health Canada, continue to add fluoride to water after it has been treated, under the pretext that it protects us against cavities.

This is indeed what it says on the Health Canada website of the Government of Canada: “Fluoridation is a process of adjusting the concentration of fluoride in drinking water to a level that provides the optimal dental benefits.”

Quebec's health and wellness website adds: “Fluoridation improves the mineral composition of water without changing its taste, smell and appearance.”

Health Risks

However, toothpaste used to protect teeth already contains fluoride; why add more? Further research on fluoride suggests that the fluoridation of drinking water has significant health risks.

Indeed, it has been established that there is a link between fluoride in drinking water and bone, bladder, and lung cancers, to name only these diseases.

Moreover, a recent article in the medical journal The Lancet has gone so far as to classify fluoride as a neurotoxin, which now puts it in the same category as arsenic and mercury.

The article sites a health official who argues that “... untested chemicals should not be presumed to be safe to brain development, and chemicals in existing use and all new chemicals must therefore be tested for developmental neurotoxicity.”

In keeping with the precautionary principle, because no serious studies have been conducted to date that would demonstrate the actual long-term effects of fluoride on humans, there is no basis for the assumption that no risks exist.

On the contrary, instead of continuing to use it, it would be appropriate to follow several other Canadian cities, such as Calgary and Windsor, as well as a number of countries, and ban its use.

Most countries have banned fluoride; only Canada, the United States, and a few other countries continue to use it. Why?

Filter Water with a Charcoal Filter

Meanwhile, the best advice we can give people to minimize health risks is to filter their own water with a carbon filter and continue to educate mayors and politicians about the dangers of the fluoridation of drinking water to citizens' health.

Filtering your water will also allow you to remove all drug residues from it. Those residues can lead to the development of other diseases.

Some Numbers

In Canada, about 42% of the population consumes fluoridated water.
In Ontario, this percentage is 76%, almost equal to that of the US (75%).
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