Revised: 2004; 2012
WHEREAS, Dental Fluorosis is the non-reversible discoloration of the permanent teeth during formation; and
WHEREAS, The excessive ingestion of fluoride has been provided to cause Dental Fluorosis; and
WHEREAS, Fluoride is regulated as a controlled substance and available only through prescription; and
WHEREAS, The dosage prescribed is adjusted if the community has fluoridated water; and
WHEREAS, When juices and juice-flavored drinks are manufactured in a community using fluoridated water those beverages containing fluoride are not labeled as such; and
WHEREAS, Studies have shown the fluoride concentrations in these juices and juice-flavored beverages can vary in their fluoride content; and
WHEREAS, The ingestion of these beverages, in conjunction with prescribed fluoride supplements, may result in an excessive dosage of fluoride leading to Dental Fluorosis; and
WHEREAS, Be aware that amalgam found in dental fillings emits fluoride as well as mercury; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the New Jersey PTA educate its members on the health issue of increased prevalence of Dental Fluorosis due to excessive fluoride ingestion; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the New Jersey PTA encourage legislation requiring fluoride labeling of juice and juice-flavored beverages; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the New Jersey PTA and its members be aware of the regulations concerning naturally occurring fluoride in drinking water and be certain that the health departments and water companies report the amount of fluoride in drinking water.
Rationale - There is a need to keep our local PTAs aware of the naturally occurring fluoride as well as a new source of fluoride and the presence of mercury in dental materials.