Friday, January 7, 2011

Fluoride in Drinking Water to Be Reduced

Fluoride in drinking water — credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay — may now be too much of a good thing. It's causing spots on some kids' teeth.

A reported increase in the spotting problem is one reason the federal government will announce Friday it plans to lower the recommended limit for fluoride in water supplies — the first such change in nearly 50 years.
About 2 out of 5 adolescents have tooth streaking or spottiness because of too much fluoride, a surprising government study found recently. In some extreme cases, teeth can even be pitted by the mineral — though many cases are so mild only dentists notice it.

Sources: Associated Press, msnbc

1 comment:

  1. This is not new information. Over 30 years ago, I was born in an area of Texas where the fluoride was too high. I had severe spotting, pitting, and general formation problems. My 3 other siblings, that were not born in the same area/state, have perfect gorgeous teeth. Over fluoridation also causes teeth to be weaker and therefore as the children age they have more problems with cavities, not less. They knew what it was and why I had it when I was younger. So sad that so many kids had their teeth ruined before we actually did something about it.