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  • Media Kit for Waterlogic’s Interactive Fluoride Tool

    Learn more about the ongoing fluoride discussion, fluoride tool findings, subject matter expert bios and more.

    Article Overview

    Waterlogic has conducted extensive research and has spoken with several subject matter experts, including Kip Duchon from the CDC, to understand the controversial issue of water fluoridation.

    We've examined why the US Department of Health & Human Services lowered the recommended fluoride level from 1.2ppm to .7ppm for the first time since 1962; shared stories from pro and anti fluoride advocates, and looked at the present state of water fluoridation in the US today.

    Additional report highlights include:

    • The prevalence of dental fluorosis, environmental factors, and an increase in everyday fluoride sources contributed to the newly recommended fluoride level of .7ppm
    • A higher concentration of fluoride in the water,, means greater instances of dental fluorosis in children, increasing cases from 13.5% to 41.4%. 
    • A 60% decline in cavities in 12-19 year olds was reported between 1999 and 2004 due to water fluoridation
    • Laura Presley, an anti-fluoride advocate, believes fluoridation was a factor in her Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis diagnoses.
    • Only 15 states have mandatory fluoride regulations
    • 25% of the population are on water systems that do not have access to fluoridated water

    About Our Fluoride Tool

    The map below shows the fluoride concentration levels at the point of public consumption for counties within each state. The fluoride levels reported in the Waterlogic Fluoride Database are considered the “final levels” in public drinking water from a specific public water system which include both natural and manual fluoride concentrations, which are added at water treatment plants.


    Article Contributors

    Dr. Kathleen Thiessen
    Senior Scientist, Oak Ridge (Tennessee) Center for Risk Analysis

    Kip Duchon
    CDC National Water Fluoridation Engineer

    Dr. Laura Pressley
    Chemistry Ph.D., Running for Austin Council Woman

    Bruce Austin
    Statewide Dental Director for the Office of the Chief Officer of Oregon

    Rae Olenick
    Texas Coordinator for the Fluoride Action Network

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