11 Facts Everyone Should Know about Water and Fluoride 1. Fluoride is not required for any process in your body. 2. Infants rely solely on liquid for their nutrients. Because they are so small, infants that are bottle-fed receive the highest doses of fluoride. A baby being fed formula that is mixed with fluoridated water receives approximately 175 times more fluoride than a breast-fed infant. 3. A study funded by the NIH found no relation between tooth decay and the amount of fluoride ingested by children. 4. Dental fluorosis affects 41% of all children in America ages 12-15. This percentage rises to more than 60% of children that live in communities with fluoridated water. 5. There many studies to link reduced IQ in children to modest fluoride ingestion. 6. By ingesting fluoride you can damage soft tissues, like your brain, kidneys, and endocrine system. It can also be harmful to your teeth (dental fluorosis) and bones (skeletal fluorosis). 7. The addition of fluoride to water cannot prevent the oral health crises that stem from poor nutrition and lack of access to dental care. 8. Water fluoridation (adding fluoride to water) is a violation of your individual right to informed consent to medication. 9. The chemicals used to fluoridate water supplies are extremely dangerous. These chemicals are by-products of fertilizers. These lethal chemicals have never been required to submit to randomized clinical trials to test for safety or effectiveness by any regulatory agency in the world. 10. The U.S. FDA classifies ingested fluoride for purposes of reducing tooth decay as an “unapproved drug.” 11. Fluoridation affects those with low incomes more than those in middle class, or those with high incomes. Avoidance measures are less affordable for low income families, such as reverse osmosis filters or bottled water. *Results may vary by individual.