Funny, the city of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario just banned the sale of bottled water at all city-owned venues. So people have to choose between soft drinks or tap water. I hope this news makes them either bring back bottled water or ban fluoride in tap water!
I have a big prominent vertical white stripe on my front tooth because of all the fluoride treatments I had as a child. I didn't know until recently that it was caused by that, because my dentist lied to me about it for years. When I first noticed the stripe (I have white spots on some other teeth as well), I asked my dentist what caused it, and he said, "Oh, that just happens to people sometimes, there's really nothing you can do about it. Now open wide, here's the fluoride"
. If fluoride is already in tap water, why do they want you to soak your teeth in it every 6 months??
P.S. My husband has a severe bone condition that even affects his teeth. He brushes 3 times a day and flosses every day, and he still has lots of cavities in his teeth. A few years ago he started rinsing with fluoride mouthwash, and it's helped him enormously. Combined with a fluoride toothpaste, he hasn't had a cavity in 2 years. So while I think our water could do without fluoride, I don't think the chemical should be banned completely, because it can benefit some people, so it should be available to purchase, such as in a mouthwash.