American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To add a fluorine compound to (a drinking water supply, for example) for the purpose of reducing tooth decay.
- v. chemistry, dentistry To add fluoride to something, especially to drinking water in order to reduce tooth decay.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To subject to fluoridation, as of water; to add fluoride to.
- v. subject to fluoridation; treat with fluoride
- Back formation from fluorination. (Wiktionary)
“Amazingly, the United States is only one of eight countries in the entire developed world that fluoridate more than 50 percent of their water supply.”
“A group of private citizens in San Diego County is planning to file a large-scale lawsuit in federal court against public water districts and challenge the constitutionality of using industrial-grade hydrofluosilicic acid to fluoridate drinking water.”
“He explained that the treatment recommendations are not about me at all, but "a public health issue, just like why we fluoridate water.”
“Several studies from Europe and elsewhere (see here [pdf], here and here) show that developed countries now have similar levels of cavities whether they fluoridated their water or not -- a change from the 1970s and '80s when countries that did not fluoridate their water had more tooth decay on average than those that did.”
“When the U.S. policy to fluoridate our drinking water was first developed, scientists and dentists believed that only ingested fluoride benefited teeth.”
“Traces of arsenic, copper, lead and other impurities are found in chemicals used to fluoridate public water supplies, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).”
“Back in the 1960s, when my dad was the editor of the Ypsilanti Press, the city held a referendum on whether to fluoridate the water supply.”
“A solution was found in capturing the contaminated waste emissions and liquifying them with hydrochloric acid so as to produce hydrofluosilicic acid the industrial-grade waste product used to fluoridate water.”
“Or fluoridate our drinking water, whichever makes less sense”
“They believe that it's all, like I said, a conspiracy to fluoridate the water ...”
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