To continue the teeth theme, we are lucky to have fresh spring water flowing from the roots of a tree for our household water supply. Obviously, the tree does not fluoridate the water. Given my son’s recent dental surgery and problem with early childhood caries, we have been told conflicting advice about giving him systemic fluoride available by prescription. The cardiologist, my hygienist, and a friend told us that we should be giving our youngest child supplemental fluoride. The pediatric dentists said that topical applications from toothpaste and rinses is enough. I have a friend who spent thousands of dollars for a filter to remove fluoride from their drinking water. A neighboring city just failed to pass an initiative to remove the fluoride from the drinking water, whereas a larger neighboring city failed to pass a resolution to add fluoride to the water. Dentists have come out on both sides of the issue. When you google the issue, even more conflicting information is present. Click here to read about warnings against systemic fluoride (including fluorosis). In fact, the American Dental Association recommends infants under one year of age avoid fluoridated water all together, according to Mothering Magazine. In fact, a Harvard study linked fluoridated water to bone cancer. For information in support of systemic fluoride, click here.