Review of Epidemiological studies pin points that exposure to Fluoride in children may cause permanent damage to the brain.

fluoride waterResearchers analyzed a series of epidemiological studies that examined the adverse effects of high fluoride concentrations in drinking water and concluded that their results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment.

A 2006 report from the National Research Council ( 2006) had concluded that adverse effects of high fluoride concentrations in drinking water may be of concern and that is warranted. Fluoride has been linked to causing in , including effects on .

Although acute fluoride poisoning may be neurotoxic to adults, most of the epidemiological information available on associations with children’s neurodevelopment is from China, where fluoride generally occurs in drinking water as a natural , and the concentration depends on local . In many in China, populations with high exposure to fluoride in local drinking- may reside in close proximity to populations without high exposure ( 2006).

Multiple epidemiological studies of developmental fluoride were conducted in China because of the high fluoride concentrations that are substantially above 1 mg/L in in many , although microbiologically safe water has been accessible to many rural households as a result of the recent 5-year plan (2001–2005) by the Chinese government. It is projected that all rural residents will have access to safe public drinking water by 2020 (World Bank 2006). However, results of the published studies have not been widely disseminated. Four studies published in English were cited in a recent report from the (2006), whereas the World Health Organization (2002) has considered only two in its most recent monograph on fluoride.

Fluoride readily crosses the placenta ( 2003). Fluoride exposure to the developing brain, which is much more susceptible to injury caused by toxicants than is the mature brain, may possibly lead to permanent damage. In response to the recommendation of the (2006), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the U.S. EPA recently announced that DHHS is proposing to change the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water to 0.7 mg/L from the currently recommended range of 0.7–1.2 mg/L, and the U.S. EPA is reviewing the maximum amount of fluoride allowed in drinking water, which currently is set at 4.0 mg/L (U.S. EPA 2011).

The authors conclude that children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas.


Environ Health Perspect. 2012 October; 120(10): 1362–1368. Review
Developmental Fluoride : A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Anna L. Choi,1 Guifan Sun,2 Ying Zhang,3 and Philippe Grandjean.

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