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U.S. Officials Recommend Reduced Fluoride Levels in Water

Posted 8 Jan 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 7 – U.S. government officials said Friday that the amount of fluoride in the nation's drinking water should now be set at the lowest recommended level. Although fluoride is a significant help in preventing cavities and tooth decay, too much of it can cause unattractive spotting on children's teeth. About two out of five teens have white spots and streaks on their teeth due to too much fluoride, according to a recent government study. To prevent this problem, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are recommending that the fluoride level in drinking water be set at 0.7 milligrams per liter of water, replacing the current recommended range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams. "One of water fluoridation's biggest advantages is that it benefits all residents of a community – at home, work, school, or play," HHS Assistant Secretary ... Read more

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