Health Care in the Two Americas, reports, the states with the most tooth loss are West Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky (fluoridation rates 92%, 92%, 80%, 55% and 100%, respectively). Slightly fluoridated Hawaii and Utah have the lowest tooth loss rates.
In Connecticut, the 4th richest state, fluoridation is state-mandated since the 1960's. Yet, 35% of white third-graders have cavities compared to 50% of African Americans and 50% of Hispanics – even though 42%, 35% and 49% have dental sealants, respectively. Up to 57% of low-income third-graders have tooth decay, 18% untreated, despite an increase in Medicaid utilization.
Fluoridation is required in Minnesota - 72% of low-income third-graders have tooth decay compared to 46% of non-poor). Between 2007 and 2010, Minnesota reported $148 million in emergency charges for preventable, non-traumatic dental care.
In Oregon, 52% of first, second and third graders in fluoridated areas had one or more cavities but only 48% in the non-fluoridated Oregon city of Portland.
"Thus, fluoridation is not the model success it has been claimed to be; but is a dismal failure," says Beeber. Studies show ingesting fluoride is linked to many ill-health effects.
SOURCE NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.