Communities Across America Say No to Fluoride in Drinking Water

Communities Across America Say No to Fluoride in Drinking Water

Communities fighting to get fluoride out of drinking water came to Washington, DC, in unity with advocates impacted by chemical contamination across the nation. A landmark federal lawsuit was filed to prohibit the addition of fluoride in drinking water. Fluoride, also known as Hydrofluorosilicic Acid, comes from the phosphate industry and is contaminated with toxins like aluminum, lead, and arsenic. Central Florida has some of the largest deposits in the world. In the process of mining, it creates liquid waste from pollution scrubbers that convert toxic vapors into Fluorosilicic Acid. What is being added to drinking water systems across America is transported from Florida fertilizer factories. Without fluoridation, the phosphate industry would be stuck with an expensive waste disposal problem.

An Industrial Waste Produced by the Phosphate Industry Known as "Fluoride?"

Unlike pharmaceutical-grade fluoride in toothpaste, the fluoride in your water is an untreated industrial waste produced by the phosphate industry. Saying yes to this "fluoride" means you support one of Central Florida's biggest polluters contributing to the destruction of Florida's environment and water quality.

Fertilizers created by the phosphate mining companies contribute to nutrient pollution, which causes uncontrolled algae growth, leading to harmful blooms. These blooms have led to fish kills and negative impacts on Florida's ecosystem. Chemical fertilizers contain phosphates and nitrates that can cause havoc on water systems.

Is your Representative being Targeted by Fluoride Lobbyists?

When the fluoridation of drinking water first began in 1945, fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash weren't available. The CDC and dental associations stated that toothpaste was effective. On August 1, 1960, the American Dental Association (ADA) reported, 

"Crest is an effective decay preventative of significant value when used." 

The same association fights to add hydrofluorosilicic acid into drinking water systems but has lobbied against improved access to dental care in underserved areas that would make routine checkups and fillings more affordable.

Lobbyists and members of various organizations show up to commission meetings where representatives consider taking fluoride out of their community drinking water system. Nearly 31 million dollars go directly into the hands of the organizations, lobbyists, and community leaders that promote the expansion of fluoridation. They put immense pressure on leaders to keep adding hydrofluorosilicic acid into community drinking water, even though they don't live in the communities where they promote this. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide $6.2 million in grants annually for the next four years to 21 states to "improve state oral health service," such as community water fluoridation. The $31 million the CDC is awarding in grants over five years is all taxpayer money approved by Congress for the CDC's budget.

Many argue that this money could be invested in giving low-income access to affordable dental care, nutrition, and infrastructure, which affects drinking water quality. 

Children Exposed to Too Much Fluoride

Three out of four Americans are drinking water with added fluoride. Lobbyists seem to target low-income families and children as a way of justifying putting hydrofluorosilicic acid into communities' water supply because it's an added layer of protection for those who don't brush their teeth. Yet, those kids who brush their teeth risk dental fluorosis.

According to the Environmental Health Perspective, dental fluorosis in the United States has increased during the last 30 years. 41% of children in the United States, where water has been fluoridated, have varying degrees of dental fluorosisThe EPA also concluded that it is likely that some children are exposed to too much fluoride at least occasionally while their teeth are forming because of their high fluid intake relative to their body weight. 

The Academy of Medical Sciences shows that adults retain around 36% fluoride. In comparison, children retain approximately 50% of fluoride; 99% is contained in mineralized tissues (bone and teeth), with 1% found in soft tissue.

The U.S. government recreated its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in a half-century in 2015 to prevent staining of tooth enamel caused by overexposure to fluoride.

Water is delivered to the United States Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, DC.

Using Our Water System to Add Medicine

Although the CDC is paid to promote fluoridation, they also state that it is not their task to determine what fluoride levels in water are safe. The government's only role in drinking water is to ensure it's clean. Adding hydrofluorosilicic acid is an ethical issue that doesn't allow communities to choose whether or not they want these chemicals added to specific health treatments. That is why many are now asking their local governments to remove fluoride from their drinking water supply.

In 2020 scientists suggested that lithium be added to the drinking water supply to prevent suicides. Just as fluoridation began, this study showed that areas with naturally occurring lithium with high levels in public drinking water had correspondingly lower suicide rates. What is stopping the government from adding another chemical for medical purposes? These kinds of health discoveries and suggestions are something to consider when advocating for adding artificial chemicals to the water that doesn't serve to clean it.

The Lack of Regulations and Chemicals in the United States

Historically, the government hasn't been the best at regulating harmful chemicals or holding polluters accountable. 

As far back as the '40s, radium was mass-produced and put into consumer products across the country. Radium was even put into toothpaste. The Radium Dial Company repeatedly told factory workers that paint with radium was harmless and hid the harmful effects while their teeth crackled out, their jaws were deformed, and they suffered immense pain from ingesting radium. The factory workers who exposed the dangers were ridiculed, attacked, and had to fight to uncover the truth.

Another example is the powerful pesticide DDT. Rachel Carson, a renowned marine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), wrote about the dangers of DDT and how it entered the food chain and accumulated in human beings, causing cancer and genetic damage.

Currently, PFAS chemicals have contaminated the world, and internal documents with companies like DuPont show they knew the chemicals were harmful to humans. An attorney, Rob Bilott, spent a decade fighting and helping uncover the chemical pollution and health effects these chemicals cause. 

In all these cases, these chemicals were not regulated. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976 after 62,000 chemicals were in commerce. Those chemicals can stay on the market until the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finds they pose an unreasonable risk. The EPA has only studied a handful of chemicals since then, banning five chemicals. Nearly all substance the industry want to take and sell are allowed because of the lack of toxicity data.

In 2020, a landmark federal lawsuit went to trial against the Environmental Protection Agency to require local water utilities to stop adding fluoride to tap water. The suit claims that fluoridated drinking water presents an unreasonable risk to public health and can harm the developing brain of young children and babies. Renowned public health experts like Dr. Philippe Grandjean question ingesting fluoride safety through drinking water.

The Environmental Protection Agencies' drinking water standard differs from the Department of Health, and Human Services recommended optimal fluoridation level because the two benchmarks have different purposes and are set under different authorities.

The fluoride allowed in public water supplies is 4.0 milligrams per liter, even though the health and Human Services recommended an optimal level of 0.7 milligrams per liter to promote the health benefits of fluoride for preventing tooth decay while minimizing the chance of dental fluorosis.

Full Links & Additional Reading:

A new perspective on metals and other contaminants in fluoridation chemicals:
CDC Division of Oral Health:
Childhood Cancer & Environmental Contaminants:
Consumer Reports:
Correlation between contamination water and leukemia:
Courtroom Battle Could Lead to Limits on Fluoridation of Drinking Water:
Dr. Kennedy, Past President of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, a nationally and internationally recognized lecturer on toxicology and restorative dentistry, as well as a practicing Dentist for 20 years:
Effects of Fluoride on the Expression of p38MAPK Signaling Pathway-Related Genes and Proteins in Spleen Lymphocytes of Mice:
Effect of fluoride treatment on the fracture rate in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis:
Effects of sodium fluoride on blood cellular and humoral immunity in mice:,humoral%20immune%20function%20in%20mice
Effects of sodium fluoride on immune response in murine macrophages:,is%20accompanied%20by%20lipid%20peroxidation
Fluoride Lawsuit:
Fluoride and the Phosphate Connection:
Fluoride's Transformation from Industrial Waste to Public Health Miracle:
Implications for Degranulation and Metabolic Activation:
Increased Risk for Leukemia and Childhood Toxin Exposure:
Is There a Need for Extra Fluoride in Children?
“It is not CDC’s task to determine what levels of fluoride in water are safe.” (2nd paragraph, 2nd sentence):
Mechanistic aspects of the interactions between fluoride and dental enamel:
National Academies Complete Review of National Toxicology Program’s Second Draft Monograph on Fluoride Exposure and Neurodevelopmental and Cognitive Effects:
Suppressive effects of sodium fluoride on cultured splenic lymphocyte proliferation in mice:
The result of the study emphasizes the toxic role of high NaF doses on neurological and immunological functions:
The unexpected power of dentists:
Toxic effects of fluoride on organisms:

Stel Bailey

Stel Bailey, a cancer cluster survivor and environmental health advocate, is a researcher and journalist with more than two decades of multimedia experience, having been published globally.


  1. Thank you for this important reporting on "fluoridation'.

    I just sent it my City Council, Mayor, and City Manager.
    It is a good idea that everyone do the same.

  2. I too sent this great clearly written article to my Dallas City Council and Mayor- they have the power to just Shut OFF the HFS tap!! But as you see our 10 year fight here on our. Website they ignore us! Your article should shake them up!! Thank you and those wonderful “sign holders” so much!!

  3. A very good article. So glad it was published.

  4. More evidence for Rutland City, Vermont. Do it for the kids. SHARE

  5. Companies are creatively disposing of their waste, and people don’t even question this. That isn't very comforting. But our government said it is “safe.”

  6. I’m not okay with adding lithium or any medicine to our water supplies. Maybe give communities affordable access to dental care?

  7. A guy named Gary Pittman used to work for the phosphate mining industry. He is featured in the documentary “Phosfate” and has a book on Amazon called “Phosphate Fluorides Toxic Torts.” Recommend everyone learn more about the phosphate industry’s destruction in Florida and ask why we are allowing them to add hydrofluorosilicic acid to our water supply.

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