The federal government lowered its limit on the amount of fluoride levels in drinking water. This was reported by the Wall Street Journal on Jan. 8, 2011.This is the first change in the recommendation in nearly 50 years. The current limit is now 0.7 milligrams vs. 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter.
This was prompted by excess spotting and streaking of children’s teeth, a condition called fluorosis. Children 8 years old and younger are at risk. Their tool enamel is developing. Problems occur when they consume excess fluoride. The condition isn’t harmful. It can usually be seen by a dentist during a routine check-up.
Children are typically exposed to fluoride in drinking water, toothpaste, and prescription supplements. The CDC believes that fluorosis is mainly caused by children swallowing fluoridated toothpaste.
Each individual community decides the amount of fluoride it adds to the water supply. Compliance levels must be met.
Some advocacy groups have called for an end of fluoridated water. They cite serious health concerns such as decreased thyroid function and increase in bone fractures. Federal health officials call it the one of the 10 greatest public health advancements of the 20th century.
You be the judge. Consumer awareness and research are your best tools. Protect yourself and your loved ones.