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chemicals in our water
First, you do not, of course, have to add fluoride to drinking water in order to protect teeth. You can get exactly the same effect by persuading people to use fluoride toothpastes. And since many toothpastes now do contain fluoride most people already get all the fluoride they need simply by brushing their teeth.In Switzerland (perhaps the only true democracy remaining in the world) the Swiss Canton of Basel-Stadt recently repealed a resolution on fluoridation which had been introduced in 1962. The Swiss stopped adding fluoride to their water after over 40 years on the following grounds:
1. Although fluoridation has been going on for many decades there are no studies proving that the fluoridation of drinking water prevents tooth decay.
2. Dental caries in the area had increased in children, despite the fluoridation of the drinking water (rather suggesting that the added fluoride hadn't done any good and might be doing harm).
3. The fluoridation of water might cause bone damage - and could be a particular problem in young children and babies.
4. More than 99% of water with added fluoride is used for washing, bathing, cleaning etc and so does nothing for teeth but does pollute the environment.