Guest Commentary: 'Yorktown Should Not Continue Fluoridation'

Yorktown Town Board members will hold an informational hearing to consider whether the town's practice of adding fluoride to the drinking water supply should be discontinued.

  • Editor's Note: The Yorktown Town Board will hold an informational hearing on Jan. 22 at Town Hall to consider whether the town of Yorktown’s practice of adding fluoride to the drinking water supply should be discontinued.
  • Carol S. Kopf has submitted to Patch the following guest commentary. 

In a Guest Commentary: 'Yorktown Should Continue Fluoridating Its Water Supply' Dentist Carl H. Tegtmeier’s claims that fluoridation is safe. He wrote that fluoridation has faced “rigorous scientific studies” and was “peer reviewed by experts in the fields of oral health, medicine, biophysics, chemistry, toxicological pathology, and epidemiology.”

But he fails to give us any references to any of that safety research because they don’t exist. Although I’m sure Dr. Tegtmeier thinks they do. Dr. Tegtmeier can prove me wrong by producing studies showing fluoridation is safe for all.

In 1990, the New York State Department of Health reported that "The available data suggest that some individuals may experience hypersensitivity to fluoride-containing agents" and " …individuals with renal insufficiency who consume large quantities of fluoridated water are at an increased risk of developing skeletal fluorosis."

(1) After 3 years of scrutinizing hundreds of studies, the National Research Council revealed in 2006 that fluoride can subtly alter endocrine function, especially in the thyroid -- the gland that produces hormones regulating growth and metabolism among other adverse health effects, even at levels added to Yorktown’s water supplies.

(2) In 2008, Scientific American reported that "Some recent studies suggest that over-consumption of fluoride can raise the risks of disorders affecting teeth, bones, the brain and the thyroid gland.”

(3) The CDC reports that fluoride hardens outer tooth enamel by topical means. Swallowing fluoride can lead to adverse effects. Studies have shown that dentists are uneducated about this new science. For example, Yoder reported “The majority of dental professionals surveyed were unaware of the current understanding of fluoride's predominant posteruptive mode of action.” in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 

Tegtmeier also claims fluoride will make stronger bones. There is no dispute that too much fluoride damages teeth and bones. The CDC reports that up to 60% of 12-15 year-olds are affected with fluoride overdose symptoms which show up as dental fluorosis (white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth); but they failed to examine what, if any, adverse effects fluoride has done to those children’s bones or those of any other Americans. There have been studies which show that fluoride makes bones more dense but then they are more brittle and easily fracture. If Dr. Tegtmeier has studies to prove fluoride makes bones stronger, we’d like to see that, too.

Carol S. Kopf

Levittown, NY

P.S. I spearheaded the reversal of 29 years of water fluoridation in Levittown, NY in 1983. I now volunteer for both the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. and the Fluoride Action Network 


1) Critical Reviews in Oral Biology & Medicine, "Fluoride: Benefits And Risks of Exposure," by Kaminsky et. al


2) Fluoride in Drinking Water,A Scientific Review of EPA's Standards

National Research Council http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=115713) Scientific American, “Second Thoughts on Fluoride,” by Dan Faginhttp://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=second-thoughts-on-fluoride

Dr.SusanRubin January 22, 2013 at 06:41 PM
As a dentist who practiced in Westchester County for over a decade, I've done my homework on the fluoride issue. I used to be like Dr. Tegtmeier and believed what I had been told in dental school. I did not do my own homework until my 3 rd child was born 15 years ago without thyroid function. It was only then that I discovered what a mistake municipal water fluoridation is. * ineffective in reducing decay rates * unethical in its delivery. only a small % of the population (ages 1-7) stand to benefit (IF there is any benefit, which i have not seen any research to prove there is) *UNSAFE for babies under 12 months to have fluoridated water. both the CDC and ADA agree on this point. There is plenty of evidence to point to these facts and more. Why would citizens in Yorktown want to pay higher water rates for this questionable practice is beyond me. Susan Rubin, DMD http://www.drsusanrubin.com/dentist-scoop-fluoride/
jwillie6 January 25, 2013 at 07:15 AM
The FDA has never approved this industrial waste fluoride drug as safe and effective for human consumption. It is the only drug on the market without this approval. Cities should demand from their supplier one, JUST ONE, scientific study to prove that Hexafluorosilicic acid is safe and effective for all of the public; the infants, the children, the elders, those with allergies, kidney problems (pre-diabetics), and others with health problems. There are no such studies, so when they can’t produce one, it should be reason enough to reject adding this toxic waste fluoride drug to drinking water.
Curious January 27, 2013 at 04:34 AM
Currently , the FDA only regulates bottled drinking water. They do not have jurisdiction over munincipal water. The Safe Drinking Water Act, enacted in 1974, gave that responsibility to the EPA. The EPA, developed "national standards" for drinking water. Those standards are revisited & if necessary revisited once every six years. The EPA has consistently reduced the recommended fluoride of levels in drinking water. The problem is, individual consumption varies & each individuals consumption varies, for example seasonably, rate & intensity of exercise, etc. No one knows exactly, how much fluoride they are consuming which leads to "fluoride overdosing". If anyone thinks that the FDA is setting guidelines or monitoring munincipal drinking water, they are wrong. In fact, the FDA has not had anything whatsoever to do with munincipal drinking water for the past 39 years.


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