By Dr. Michelle Kmiec
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
Dental fluorosis is a condition caused by too much fluoride, and it’s on the rise in the United States, despite the US government knowing about it for some time now. Though it can happen to anyone, the condition (which ruins teeth) affects more children than adults, primarily because children’s teeth are still developing and more susceptible to fluorosis.
But did you know that dental fluorosis is also a biomarker for coronary heart disease?
When Will the Fluoride Poisoning Stop?
Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2010: “Prevalence of dental fluorosis was higher among younger persons and ranged from 41% among adolescents aged 12-15 to 9% among adults aged 40-49.” That rate of 41% in adolescents aged 12-15 increased from 22.6% back in 1986-87 (almost double).
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services planned in 2010 to lower the amount of fluoride allowed in water, though so far there has been no change to the amounts of fluoride added.
Today, the CDC still promotes fluoridation to water as well fluoride dental products.