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" Fluoridation Status in Various Countries"

Despite dental pressure, 99% of western continental Europe has rejected, banned, or stopped fluoridation due to environmental, health, legal, or ethical concerns. Only about 5% of the world population is fluoridated and more than 50% of these people live in North America. The Danish Minister of Environment recommended against fluoridation in 1977 because no adequate studies had been carried out on its long-term effects on human organ systems other than teeth and because not enough studies had been done on the effects of fluoride discharges on freshwater ecosystems.

In 1978, the West German Association of Gas Water Experts rejected fluoridation for legal reasons and because 'the so-called optimal fluoride concentration of 1 mg per L is close to the dose at which long-term damage [to the human body] is to be expected.

To see original letter from a country, click Country Name.

China

BANNED: not allowed

Austria

REJECTED: toxic fluorides NOT added

Belgium

REJECTED: encourages self-determination those who want fluoride should get it themselves.

Finland

STOPPED:...do not favor or recommend fluoridation of drinking water. There are better ways of providing the fluoride our teeth need. A recent study found ... no indication of an increasing trend of caries....

Germany

STOPPED: A recent study found no evidence of an increasing trend of caries

Denmark

REJECTED: ...toxic fluorides have never been added to the public water supplies in Denmark.

Norway

REJECTED: ..drinking water should not be fluoridated

Sweden

BANNED: not allowed. No safety data available!

The Netherlands

Inevitably, whenever there is a court decision against fluoridation, the dental lobby pushes to have the judgement overturned on a technicality or they try to get the laws changed to legalize it. Their tactics didn't work in the vast majority of Europe.

Hungary

STOPPED: for technical reasons in the '60s. However, despite technological advances, Hungary remains unfluoridated.