by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:
Voters in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Wells Water District in Maine; Healdsburg, California (Sonoma County); and Greenville, Texas went to the polls on November 8 to voice their views on whether to ban fluoride in their drinking water.
Fluoride was added to the U.S. water supply purportedly to ward off cavities. However, research suggests that water fluoridation does nothing to improve dental health. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), countries with fluoridated water do not have less tooth decay that non-fluoridated countries. 
Furthermore, 40% of American teens show signs of fluoride over-exposure, or dental fluorosis. Fluorosis is a tooth enamel defect that makes the teeth look like they are covered in cloudy spots and streaks. In more severe cases, fluorosis results in brown stains and tooth erosion.
Nobody wants to get their teeth drilled or have a root canal, but the health risks associated with fluoride are far worse than holes in your teeth:
- Bone fractures
- Brain effects
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Endocrine disruption
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Kidney disease
- Male Infertility
- Pineal gland damage
- Skeletal fluorosis
- Thyroid disease
- Acute toxicity
In the spring of 2015, the U.S. government lowered fluoride levels in drinking water for the first time in 50 years, after researchers at Harvard University and other institutions found that exposure to high levels of fluoride can cause numerous health problems and lower IQ.
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