April 22, 2019

Does water fluoridation really save dental treatment dollars?

Last Updated – July 2015

Canada’s Chief Dental Officer of Health Dr. Peter Cooney

Canadian research shows that a lifetime of drinking fluoridated water is not effective at reducing cavities/dental caries rates.


Read even more telling Canadian water fluoridation research here…
Health Canada’s Chief Dental Officer (Dr. Peter Cooney) has conceded that water fluoridation reduces cavity rates by less than half a cavity per child.


Have a close listen to this short but revealing audio clip below:



LISTEN: Ontario Dental Association Fluoridation Information Night In Waterloo, Ontario 21-Oct-2010
Dr. Cooney’s response to fluoridation’s less than half a cavity reduction per child/adolescent/permanent teeth. Audio Clip


Yet, Dr. Cooney still continues to claim every $1 spent on water fluoridation saves $38 in dental treatment related costs.  ASK HIM TO SHOW YOU THE MATH.

IF Cooney is correct, then just $1 spent per person per year to fluoridate would cost $75 for a person living to age seventy-five (i.e. 75 years x $1 per year).

IF Conney is correct in claiming $1 spent on water fluoridation saves $38 in dental treatment related costs, then this individual’s $75 lifetime cost should save a whopping $2,850.00 in dental treatment related costs (i.e. 75 years x $38 dental savings per year).

BUT, Cooney conceded (in the Audio Clip above) that water fluoridation reduces cavity rates by less than half a cavity per child / adolescent / permanent teeth.

Moreover, well conducted reliable Canadian research shows that a lifetime of drinking fluoridated water is not effective at reducing cavities.

Since a typical dental cavity filling costs $150 or less (according to the Ontario Dental Association 2015 fee guide), and assuming a lifetime of water fluoridation might save one whole cavity per person per lifetime, Cooney’s math simply doesn’t add up.

This 75 year old individual’s $75 lifetime cost towards water fluoridation, ends up saving only $150 for one dental filling, and not the mythical $2,850.00 being touted about.

$1 spent per year on lifetime fluoridation may save only $2.00/year (i.e. $150 ÷ 75 years) … and the Province and Fed do not pay for this useless water fluoridation program, which they promote so heavily.  You pay for it through municipal taxes being wasted on water fluoridation.


Beyond the chemical cost to fluoridating, there are training, handling, monitoring, management, repair, maintenance, infrastructure, and equipment costs directly related to keeping water fluoridation up and flowing.

Add to that the costs of accelerated corrosion to water distribution pipes, systems, infrastructure and equipment – due to the highly corrosive nature of the fluoridation chemical being used, known as hydrofluorosilicic acid. Then there’s the added cost of corrosion ‘buffering chemicals’ required to help limit this fluoridation-caused corrosion.

Further to that, there are health and safety training, compliance and regulatory costs, as well as municipal liability costs, which are taken on by any municipality deciding to fluoridate their municipal water.

The cost for treating dental fluorosis (i.e. mottling and discolouration of tooth enamel caused by swallowing too much fluoride) should also be considered. One in 10 children nowadays have objectionable fluorosis from fluoridation for which they seek dental treatments. Such treatments can range from about $500 per person for simple microabrasion and bleaching, upwards to thousands of dollars per person for dental caps or veneers to rectify dental fluorosis.

As well, their is significant cost to taxpayers for the continual federal/provincial/territorial/municipal/public health marketing and promotion expenses related to water fluoridation.

After adding all these various costs into the mix, water fluoridation actually saves us nothing.

Water fluoridation ends up costing taxpayers more money than it ever saves.

It’s time we addressed dental decay in a much more direct, targeted and responsible manner.

We must also consider the environmental harm being done. People only drink 1 to 2% of this artificially fluoridated tap water. The other 98-99% of fluoridated tap water gets used for other things and ends up unnecessarily polluting our natural lands and water ways. Municipal waste-water processing does not remove the added hydrofluorosilicic acid known co-contaminants (i.e. silicofluoride, arsenic, lead, mercury and radionuclides) before being returned as treated waste-water back into the environment.

So… why would we still fluoridate municipal drinking water?