- NEW YORK (PRNewswire) --
White-spotted or yellow splotched teeth may reveal more than needed expensive
- Children with fluoride-discolored teeth (dental fluorosis)
are more likely to have bone damage, according to a study published in
the journal "Fluoride."
- Despite living in a low-water-fluoride district, 132
Tibetan children, aged 8 to 13-years-old, developed dental fluorosis from
dietary fluoride sources such as brick tea, a popular Asian drink, fed
to children as young as two years old. (1)
- Wrist x-rays reveal that 96% of those children with dental
fluorosis had "developmental skeletal abnormalities" including
carpal bone hardening or thickening.
- "Therefore, dental fluorosis in children should
be viewed as more than a matter of cosmetic concern, since it can also
be a sign of early-stage skeletal fluorosis that might lead to full-scale
debilitating skeletal fluorosis in adulthood," write researchers Cao
- Skeletal fluorosis with pain, stiffness and/or deforming
bone defects, is common in Nalgonda, India (See: http://www.nalgonda.org/flourosis.php
- To avoid skeletal fluorosis in the U.S., the maximum-contaminant-level
of fluoride allowed in drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency
is 4 parts per million (4 milligrams per liter).
- But, some people exceed 4 milligrams daily from their
diet, alone (2). Up to 63% of children living in optimally fluoridated
areas (0.7 - 1.2 ppm) have dental fluorosis (3). More studies show a link
between dental fluorosis and bone damage.
- A British Medical Journal study reports that older white
women from fluoridated communities have a 32% higher rate of wrist fracture.
- A Mexican study links dental fluorosis to bone fractures.
- Polish pediatricians found abnormal bone changes in 11
to 15 year-olds exhibiting dental fluorosis. (5a)
- A Rheumatology International study links naturally fluoridated
water to knee osteoarthritis in amounts many Americans consume daily. (6)
- Early fluorosis warning signs include joint pain, stomach
pain, excessive thirst and urination, muscle weakness, and/or anemia, especially
if accompanied by discoloration in the patient's front row of teeth, according
to Dr. A.K. Susheela, Director of India's Fluorosis Research and Rural
Development Foundation. (7)
- A U.S. woman's spine pain alleviated when she avoided
- "Americans are unaware that their arthritis or irritable
bowel syndrome could be fluoride-related," says attorney Paul Beeber,
President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation.
- Additional bone/fluoride research can be found here:
- (5a) Chlebna-Sokól D(1), Czerwinski E(2), "Bone
structure assessment on radiographs of distal radial metaphysis in children
with dental fluorosis," Fluoride, 1993 26:l, 37-44.
- Paul S. Beeber, President email@example.com
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