Fluoridation Update

Several communities in the United States have stopped adding fluoride to their water systems.  Recently Pinellas County in Florida elected to stop adding fluoride to its public water supply although they just started the program 7 years ago.  Two hundred other communities have also stopped fluoridating in the past four years.  They are motivated by the economic downturn and by concern about the benefits of fluoride.

The US Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that it is a mistake to end public water fluoridation.  The Federal government recommends water fluoridation, a practice which began in the 1940’s.  About 72% of the American population drinks fluoridated water.

Although fluoride has been demonstrated to decrease tooth decay, large amounts can lead to dental fluorosis, or brown spots on the teeth.  In 2011 The federal Department of Health and Human Services recommended reducing the amount of fluoride added to the water supply to 0.7 milligrams per liter of water.  The old standard ranged from 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter.

Did you know that Suffolk County water is not fluoridated? Many times people do not realize this.

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