Since our last High Risk Update report in 2015, there has been solid progress on many of the 32 High Risk areas. Progress has been possible through the concerted actions and efforts of Congress and the leadership and staff in agencies and within the Office of Management and Budget. As shown in the report, 23 High Risk areas, or two-thirds of all the areas, have at least partially met all five criteria for removal from the High Risk List; 15 of these areas fully met at least one criterion. One area related to sharing and managing terrorism-related information has been removed as part of this update. Enough progress was made in 2 other areas to narrow them in this update.
Although fluoride advocates have claimed for years that the safety of fluoride in dentistry is exhaustively documented and “beyond debate,” the Chairman of the National Research Council’s (NRC) comprehensive fluoride review, Dr. John Doull, recently stated that: “when we looked at the studies that have been done, we found that many of these questions are unsettled and we have much less information than we should, considering how long this [fluoridation] has been going on. I think that’s why fluoridation is still being challenged so many years after it began.”