White-spotted or yellow splotched teeth may
reveal more than needed expensive cosmetic dentistry.
Children with fluoride-discolored teeth (dental fluorosis) are more
likely to have bone damage, according to a study published in the
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.
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
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). In 2006, the National Research Council said this level is too high to protect bone health; but the EPA has failed to act upon this scientific determination, yet for political reasons.
Some people exceed 4 milligrams daily from their diet, alone .
Up to 60% of children have dental fluorosis, according to the CDC.
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.
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.
A U.S. woman's spine pain alleviated when she avoided fluoride.
"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: