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US Lower Fluoride Levels In Drinking Water For The First Time In 50 Years

The US government are lowering the amount of fluoride added to drinking water – something they haven’t done in over 50 years. 

The lowering of fluoride is an attempt at responding to growing public concerns over excessive fluoride consumption due to its presence in toothpaste, mouthwash and other products. This move aims to limit the public’s fluoride intake. 

Theguardian.com reports:

Too much fluoride has become a common cause of white splotches on teeth in children. One study found about two out of five adolescents had tooth streaking or spottiness.

Fluoride is a mineral in water and soil. About 70 years ago, scientists discovered that people whose drinking water naturally had more fluoride also had fewer cavities.

Since 1962, the government has been advising water systems to add fluoride to a level of 0.7 parts per million for warmer climates, where people drink more water, to 1.2 parts per million in cooler areas. The new standard is 0.7 everywhere.

Grand Rapid, Michigan, became the world’s first city to add fluoride to its drinking water in 1945. Six years later, a study found a dramatic decline in tooth decay among children there, and the US surgeon general endorsed water fluoridation.

But adding fluoride was – and has remained – controversial. Some people have vehemently fought adding fluoride to local water supplies.

Today about 75% of Americans get fluoridated water.

The change announced Monday finalizes a proposal first made four years ago. The government spent years sorting through and responding to 19,000 public comments.

  • Paul Terrill

    The headline here is false. The recommendation to lower the fluoride standard in water is NOT due to health concerns. It is due to aesthetic concerns. White spots on teeth that cause no harm. In our area, many families have well water with fluoride levels several times the the urban water standard. And, yes, some kids’ teeth look a little funny. But, they have very low dental bills due to very few cavities.

  • Max Dean

    The reason it SHOULD be lowered if not eliminated has nothing to do with dental concerns at all. Fluoride is a known neurotoxin. Although safe in low amounts, chronic use can cause not only bone deformation, but calcification of the pineal gland in the brain. This is the center of your brain where you release Dimethyltryptamine, the psychedelic compound released when your born, when you die, and while you dream. But letting the public dream freely is too dangerous right? lol

    • Cathy

      I agree that fluoride should not be added to our public drinking water. It may be used topically on the teeth for brushing but should not be taken internally for the purpose of improved dental health. The health detriments of ingesting added fluoride are widely available for those who are interested enough to read about them. In fact, our toothpaste tubes even post a warning to not swallow the product. We all need to step up and become informed citizens and take charge of our health.