Bill Osmunson DDS, MPH is a practicing cosmetic, TMD, comprehensive general dentist providing least invasive treatments of optimal health.
He promoted fluoride for about the first 25 years of dental practice and then reviewed the new scientific literature. It was like a knee in the gut. Many are ingesting too much fluoride even without water fluoridation. About half of children in fluoridated communities have dental fluorosis a biomarker of excess fluoride ingestion. It makes no sense to give children even more fluoride when they show toxic effects of too much fluoride. The benefits of fluoridation are now difficult to detect and the risks are serious. A good diet and cleaning teeth will prevent dental caries and other diseases.
Dental caries can be treated, but medical disorders such as lower IQ are not treatable. Would you rather lower IQ or risk of half a dental filling?
Weighing the benefits versus risks, most agree brains are more important than teeth. However, without significant benefit to the teeth we are reaping harm and little or no benefit. The question is no longer whether fluoride causes brain damage but at what dosage of fluoride and age the damage occurs.
Dr. Osmunson has worked with state Boards of Pharmacy and the FDA CDER confirming fluoride is a drug and unapproved. Unapproved drugs according to the FDA are illegal, but the FDA CDER has chosen at this time to defer regulatory action.
Fluoridation is one of the greatest public health blunders of the 20th Century. Now we are in the 21st Century and need to stop the public health blunder of fluoridation.