Dr Matt Lawler from Peelhouse Dental Care in Widnes discusses the potential risk to your general health through the addition of fluoride in the UK's drinking water supplies.

Is Fluoride Harmful to your General Health?

 

“Poor evidence to support fluoride being harmful,” says Matt Lawler

Overwhelming evidence supports its safety.

The evidence supporting the notion that fluoride is harmful in the low concentrations in artificially fluoridated water is very poor, whereas there is overwhelming evidence supporting its safety.

The evidence supporting its efficacy is less good but still fairly compelling.

I’ve noticed that all the studies I’ve seen on the subject are population-based and are therefore poorly controlled, often with a high degree of bias.

Articles supporting the notion that fluoride is harmful often carry headlines that conveniently support the argument of the author and as such are disingenuous and in parts plain wrong. A recent article in the Lancet supports my professional opinion.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422(14)70119-X/fulltext

From the article, I doubt anyone would argue about the neurotoxicity of fluoride but only in thousands of times the concentration found in water.  Vitamin A is highly toxic in large quantities but you’d have to eat an awful lot of carrots!

Perhaps more pertinent is that dental fluorosis is widespread and often problematic in communities with fluoridated water (Newcastle, The Midlands, the whole of the USA).

 

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