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The Power of Adding Fluoride to Florida's Drinking Water

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

Is your city putting medical-grade fluoride or Hydrofluorosilicic Acid (HFSA) into your drinking water? Hydrofluorosilicic Acid comes from the phosphate fertilizer industry and is contaminated with other toxins like aluminum. Central Florida has some of the largest phosphate deposits in the world. In the process of mining, it creates a liquid waste from pollution scrubbers that convert toxic vapors into Fluorosilicic Acid. What is being added to your drinking water is transported from Florida fertilizer factories. Without fluoridation, the phosphate industry would be stuck with an expensive waste disposal problem.

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 who contributes to the destruction of Florida's environment and water quality.

Nutrient pollution from fertilizers causes uncontrolled growth of algae that leads to harmful blooms. These blooms have led to fish kills and negative impacts on our Florida ecosystem. Chemical fertilizers contain phosphates, nitrates that can cause havoc on our 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 state that toothpaste is effective. August 1, 1960, the American Dental Association (ADA) reported that "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 an immense amount of 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) provides $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.

41% of children in the United States, where water has been fluoridated, have varying degrees of dental fluorosis. According to the Environmental Health Perspective, dental fluorosis in the United States has increased during the last 30 years.

The 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% of fluoride. In comparison, children retain approximately 50% of fluoride, and 99% are 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.

Using Our Water System to Add Medicine

Do you believe that chemicals that do not serve the purpose of cleaning our drinking water should be added to our community water system? 

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 the freedom to choose whether or not they want these chemicals added for specific health treatment. That is why many are now asking their local governments to remove the 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 our government from adding another chemical for medical purposes? These kinds of health discoveries and suggestions are something to consider when advocating to add artificial chemicals to the water that don'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 artificial 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, jaws were deformed, and they were suffering 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 helped 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. That means that 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 in total. 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, such as 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 Service's recommended optimal fluoridation level because the two benchmarks have different purposes and are set under different authorities.

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


The FDA recognizes three types of fluoride for toothpaste: sodium monofluorophosphate, sodium fluoride, and stannous fluoride, and regulates the levels at which they can be included in Toothpaste formulations. 

There is a difference between medical-grade fluoride and waste byproduct from the phosphate industry. Fight For Zero supports the community's right to choose. We encourage civic engagement, and all of those who do not want chemicals placed in their drinking water should continue to write to their representatives and voice their concerns.


According to the CDC the fluoride added to community water systems in the United States uses one of three additives for water fluoridation; Fluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate, and sodium fluoride.

A new perspective on metals and other contaminants in fluoridation chemicals:

CDC Division of Oral Health:

Courtroom Battle Could Lead to Limits on Fluoridation of Drinking Water:

Fluoride's Transformation from Industrial Waste to Public Health Miracle:

Fluoride and the Phosphate Connection:

Is There a Need for Extra Fluoride in Children?

Effect of fluoride treatment on the fracture rate in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis:

The result of the study emphasizes the toxic role of high NaF doses on neurological and immunological functions:

Suppressive effects of sodium fluoride on cultured splenic lymphocyte proliferation in mice:

Toxic effects of fluoride on organisms:

Effects of sodium fluoride on blood cellular and humoral immunity in mice:

Effects of Fluoride on the Expression of p38MAPK Signaling Pathway-Related Genes and Proteins in Spleen Lymphocytes of Mice:

Effects of sodium fluoride on immune response in murine macrophages:

Implications for Degranulation and Metabolic Activation:

Mechanistic aspects of the interactions between fluoride and dental enamel:

Dr. Kennedy, Past President of 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:

The unexpected power of dentists:

Fluoride and the Phosphate Connection:

National Academies Complete Review of National Toxicology Program’s Second Draft Monograph on Fluoride Exposure and Neurodevelopmental and Cognitive Effects:

“It is not CDC’s task to determine what levels of fluoride in water are safe.” (2nd paragraph, 2nd sentence):

I'm a dentist and I oppose fluoride in our drinking water:

2017 list of Florida public water systems that fluoridate.

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