The IAOMT is concerned about the many sources of fluoride and health risks from this exposure.

Sources of human exposure to fluoride have drastically increased since community water fluoridation began in the U.S. in the 1940’s. In addition to water, these sources now include food, air, soil, pesticides, fertilizers, dental products used at home and in the dental office, pharmaceutical drugs, cookware (non-stick Teflon), and an array of other consumer items used on a regular basis. Most people are not aware of important fluoride facts about these sources.

Exposure to fluoride is suspected of impacting nearly every part of the human body, and the potential for harm has been clearly established in scientific research. A 2006 report by the National Research Council (NRC) identified a number of health risks associated with fluoride exposure. Susceptible subpopulations, such as infants, children, and individuals with diabetes or renal or thyroid problems, are known to be more severely impacted by intake of fluoride. Since such populations and all people can potentially be impacted by fluoride exposure, consumers need to know these crucial fluoride facts.

Given the current levels of exposure, policies should reduce and work toward eliminating avoidable sources of fluoride, including water fluoridation, fluoride-containing dental materials, and other fluoridated products, as a means to promote overall health.

Learn the Fluoride Facts!

Learn the important fluoride facts by accessing these resources from the IAOMT:

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Fluoride Exposure and Human Health Risks

Increased sources of fluoride including water fluoridation, dental materials, and other fluoridated products, are accompanied by increased human health risks.

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Fluoride Pollution and Harm to the Environment

Fluoride pollution in the environment harms wildlife and occurs because fluoride is used in water fluoridation, dental products and other items.

Fluoride Pollution and Harm to the Environment
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Lack of Safety for Fluoride Chemical Summary

There is an alarming lack of safety, efficacy, and ethics for the numerous applications of the chemical fluoride in water and commonly used dental products.

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Artificial Water Fluoridation: Understanding the Risks

There are many risks related to artificial water fluoridation including potential health effects, its impact on children, and its interaction with other chemicals.