Evidence gathered over 60 years about adding fluoride to drinking water has failed to convince some people this major public health initiative is not only safe but helps to prevent tooth decay.
Myths about fluoridated water persist. These include fluoride isn’t natural, adding it to our water supplies doesn’t prevent tooth decay and it causes conditions ranging from cancer to Down syndrome.
Now the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is in the process of updating its evidence on the impact of fluoridated water on human health since it last issued a statement on the topic in 2007.
Its draft findings and recommendations are clear cut:
NHMRC strongly recommends community water fluoridation as a safe, effective and ethical way to help reduce tooth decay across the population.
Here are four common myths the evidence says are wrong.
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