Currently, only about 5% of the world’s population—350 million people—(including 200 million Americans) consume artificially fluoridated water globally. Only eight countries—Malaysia, Australia, USA, New Zealand, Singapore, and Ireland, more than 50% of the water supply artificially fluoridate. Over the past two decades many communities in Canada, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand have stopped fluoridating their water supplies and in Israel the Minister for Health announced in April 2013 the end of mandatory water fluoridation.
Fluoride has become so controversial in America that many citizen formed groups are actively, and effectively, petitioning local governments to stop the community fluoridation of municipal water. Couple this with the fact that many product manufacturers are giving consumers options for avoiding fluoride in commonly used products, such as toothpaste and mouthwash.