Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 02 October 2013 13:29
People who drink fluoridated water don’t have to worry.
There are no adverse health effects on bone tissue from drinking fluoridated water, based on a recent paper by the International and American Associations for Dental Research that appears in the IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research.
The group of researchers from the Department of Dental Medicine in Stockholm, Sweden analyzed residents that were chronically exposed to numerous fluoride levels. The thought process going into the study was that there was a correlation between fluoride levels in drinking water and an increased risk of hip fracture. The researchers wanted to see if that was, in fact, the case.
People born in Sweden from the beginning of the 20th century through Dec. 31, 1919 were eligible for the study. The water fluoride exposure levels were divided into 4 categories (1) less than 0.3 mg/L, (2) 0.3 to 0.69 mg/L, (3) 0.7 to 1.49 Mg/L and (4) greater than 1.5 mg/L.
Based on all of the data, there was no relationship between fluoride exposure and risk of hip fracture. The estimates stayed the same even when examining low-trauma, osteoporotic hip fractures.
The overall impact of fluoride on human health has been up for debate during the last 60 years. This study doesn’t necessarily mean all studies on fluoride and its impact on health should cease.
There were almost 500,000 participants in the study, making it the largest of its kind.