Why did the US government reduce the recommendations for fluoride in our drinking water?

Q: Why did the US government reduce the recommendations for fluoride in our drinking water?

A: The previous recommendations have been around for half a century, and in that time Americans have seen a remarkable decrease in cavities. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has cited the fluoridation of drinking water as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. But there has been an increase of very mild fluorosis, a condition causing lacy white marks or white spots on the teeth. The ADA suggests that by decreasing the fluoridation levels in our water supply it’s possible to avoid the problem. The US Department of Health and Human Services is recommending 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water to replace the current recommended range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams.

There are several other ways to get the benefits of fluoride for your teeth, including fluoride pills and having fluoride applied directly to your teeth by you or your dentist using pastes, mouthwashes, or varnishes. Talk to your dentist about how fluoride can help you prevent tooth decay.

Here are some sources offering more information about fluoride.

US Department of Health and Human Services Press Release
Information from the ADA
Find out how much fluoride is in your drinking water
Basic Information about Fluoride in Drinking Water from the Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees children and adults in Culver City and serves the greater Los Angeles area. She and her staff personally write all the information on this website to make sure they stay up-to-date on the latest dental news to help you and your family have beautiful, healthy teeth. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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