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No Evidence for Fluoridated Water to Result in Less Cavities

Drinking Tap Water

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  • A comprehensive review by the Cochrane Collaboration found water fluoridation may not prevent cavities
  • In a review of every fluoridation study they could find, only three since 1975 looked at the effectiveness of water fluoridation at reducing tooth decay among the general population, and had high enough quality to be included
  • The studies found fluoridation does not reduce cavities to a statistically significant degree in permanent teeth
  • In the two studies since 1975 that examined the effectiveness of fluoridation in reducing cavities in baby teeth, no significant reduction was noted there either

By Dr. Mercola

Two-thirds of Americans drink tap water that has added fluoride. Unlike other chemicals added to water, which are intended to treat the water itself, fluoride is intended to treat the people who drink the water, whether they want the treatment or not.

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