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CDC Division of Oral Health's
Irrationale for Swallowing Fluoride
Fluoride's "actions primarily are topical." (CDC 1999) Saliva and teeth are briefly exposed to fluoridated water while it's in the mouth. Swallowing fluoride ultimately also involves a topical action, because fluoride enters the bloodstream and into bodily tissues, including salivary glands that secrete a tiny amount of ductal fluoride to topically affect teeth.
"Saliva is a major carrier of topical fluoride. The concentration of fluoride in ductal saliva, as it is secreted from salivary glands, is low approximately 0.016 parts per million (ppm) in areas where drinking water is fluoridated and 0.006 ppm in nonfluoridated areas.[ref. #27 - below] This concentration of fluoride is not likely to affect cariogenic activity..." (CDC 2001)
Based on 1.5 liters of ductal saliva produced per day, 0.016 ppm translates into 0.001 mg (1.0 microgram) of fluoride per hour in the ductal saliva of children living "in areas where drinking water is fluoridated" at (according to the study cited) a "high (1.2 ppm) fluoride concentration."
For children living in the "low (0.1 ppm)" fluoride area, 0.006 ppm translates into 0.0004 mg (0.4 microgram) of fluoride per hour in their ductal saliva: 0.6 micrograms less.
That additional 0.6 microgram of fluoride is, in a nut shell, the rationale for the government's dire need for every man, woman, child, and fetus to consume fluoridated water.
But wait! It gets even more nutty:
The new optimal fluoride concentration in tap water is now 40% lower than 1.2 mg/l. It is now 0.7 mg/l. If ductal saliva is similarly reduced by 40%, that translates into 0.6 micrograms per hour in fluoridated kids a mere 0.2 micrograms more than unfluoridated kids.
This extra 0.2 micrograms per hour is a whopping 0.005 milligrams per day! CDC's Division of Oral Health believes that makes all the difference: inhibiting bacteria and remineralizing over a 100 tooth surfaces. Seriously? Their fluoridation 'science' is explained below.
To repeat: "The concentration of fluoride in ductal saliva, as it is secreted from salivary glands, is low approximately 0.016 parts per million (ppm) in areas where drinking water is fluoridated and 0.006 ppm in nonfluoridated areas (27). This concentration of fluoride is not likely to affect cariogenic activity..."
The Division of Oral Health (DoH) then explains how this minute difference in concentration actually does reduce tooth decay: "However, drinking fluoridated water, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, or using other fluoride dental products can raise the concentration of fluoride in saliva present in the mouth 100- to 1,000-fold." (CDC 2001)
Okay then, how much can "drinking fluoridated water... raise the concentration of fluoride in saliva present in the mouth" compared to "brushing with fluoride toothpaste, or using other fluoride dental products"? Reality check: essentially zero.
DoH tries to equate ductal saliva with fluoride toothpaste that's 62,500 times more concentrated, and with fluoride mouthwash that's 14,375 times more concentrated than fluoridated ductal saliva!
This fluoridation science is like saying: Each time you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and rinse with fluoride mouthwash, you'll earn $1,230 dollars. Each time you drink a glass of fluoridated water, you'll earn 70 cents plus a bonus of 1.6 cents every hour. DoH!
Fluoridated Water is Crappy Mouthwash
Compared to fluoride toothpaste or fluoride mouthwash, where fluoride is brushed on teeth or vigorously swished in the mouth for 1 to 2 minutes (2 or 3 times a day) and then spit out fluoridated water merely passes near teeth for a few seconds as it's swallowed several times a day.
Today there is still no evidence of any better oral health in the eight million Americans the CDC said are served by community water systems that have "sufficient naturally occurring fluoride concentrations." (CDC 2008)
"Salivary fluoride concentrations were investigated in 12-year-old children living in areas with low (0.1 ppm) or high (1.2 ppm) fluoride concentration in the drinking water. Unstimulated whole saliva was collected from 27 children from the respective areas every 2nd hour for 46 h except during sleep."
Oliveby A, Twetman S, Ekstrand J. Diurnal fluoride concentration in whole saliva in children living in a high- and a low-fluoride area. Caries Res. 1990;24:44-47.
Note: The low fluoride group had 0.1 ppm of fluoride in their drinking water. Today, unfluoridated cities usually have higher concentrations, which would further reduce the difference in ductal saliva concentrations making artificial fluoridation even more useless.
A reason why fluoride concentrations are increasing is because fluoridated water systems contaminate the source water of neighboring communities, as is happening in Utah:
"Fluoride coming from Salt Lake City water seeps into the ground, remixing with the ground water and slowly raising fluoride levels over time" in the city of Holliday's spring. Salt Lake City Tribune (2010)
Fluoridated water's insignificant effect was confirmed by the government's
biggest study that found an insignificant difference in the oral health
of children in fluoridated vs. nonfluoridated communities.
In 2010, Saarland University researchers showed that the long-hypothesized "protective layer" that fluoride supposedly forms on teeth is in fact only six nanometers thick. (10,000 layers would span the width of a human hair.) Such a minuscule layer is quickly worn away by ordinary chewing, so would not shield teeth from decay. Does fluoride really fight cavities by 'the skin of the teeth?' (American Chemical Society)
This confirms what the CDC already knew: "The prevalence of dental caries in a population is not inversely related to the concentration of fluoride in enamel, and a higher concentration of enamel fluoride is not necessarily more efficacious in preventing dental caries."
FDA Confirms Ineffectiveness of Fluoridated Water
After reviewing the best available evidence,
FDA would only allow this very weak
Health Claim for Fluoridated Water:
"Drinking fluoridated water may reduce the risk of tooth decay."
OMG! The chance of getting a cavity might be reduced.
The same can be said for drinking clean water.
Safety Protocols Ignored When Fluoride Delivered Via Faucets
When deciding whether an infant should be prescribed a maximum daily dose of 0.25 mg of fluoride in a supplement, the American Dental Association (ADA) Council of Scientific Affairs says:
Healthcare providers should consider the "individual patient's needs and preferences" before making a "judicious prescription" of dietary fluoride supplements.
ADA stresses the importance of "developing a personalized prevention plan":
"It also is critical that the dentist assess a child's total fluoride exposure from all sources (beverages, food, toothpaste, supplements, topical applications and so forth)."
While this protocol is probably rarely followed, it is obviously ignored in fluoridated cities where children should swallow uncontrolled amounts of fluoride in tap drinking water. No longer an individual, that child is now part of a vast herd. (Did somebody say, mass medication?)