This recent study done by the ADA highlights a very important point-the study has some major flaws (like not recording fluoride exposure beforehand for the woman) and also that Mexico gets salt that has fluoride added. So why would one ADD high levels of fluoride to their diet if they already get enough of the mineral? Simple question it seems but scary that the study allowed megadosing of ANY mineral for pregnant woman. Take a look and let us know what you think!
Dr. Seth Monson
Main Street Dental Gresham
ADA Responds To Study On Prenatal Fluoride Exposure In Mexico.
CNN (9/19, Kounang) reports a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives suggests “increased levels of prenatal fluoride exposure may be associated with lower cognitive function in children.” The researchers evaluated the urine of about 300 mother and child pairs in Mexico, finding children’s intelligence test scores dropped “for every 0.5 milligram-per-liter increase in fluoride exposure beyond 0.8 milligrams per liter found in urine.” However, CNN notes that “researchers weren’t able to determine specific levels of fluoride exposure,” and Dr. Angeles Martinez-Mier of the Indiana University School of Dentistry, a researcher involved with the study, said, “That’s a big unknown. We don’t have the whole picture.” CNN adds that the American Dental Association said the study’s findings “are not applicable to the U.S.,” and “the ADA continues to endorse fluoridation of public water as the most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.” The ADA also said that “intake of fluoride in Mexico is significantly different from the U.S. In Mexico, fluoride is added to salt (known as salt fluoridation) and it also exists naturally in varying degrees in community water.”
Additional information about fluoride and community water fluoridation is available at ADA.org/fluorideand the ADA Catalog also features the Fluoride Nature’s Cavity Fighter brochure. There are additional resources for patients on MouthHealthy.org including A Mom’s Guide to Fluoride.