The “F” Word is Back in the News

Too much of a good thing?

I know I just talked about this, but there has been a timely update to the fluoride debate, debacle, miracle, or whatever you want to call it. Seriously, I had no idea that the government was about to make new recommendations concerning the use of fluoride in public drinking water to help prevent cavities.

“So Dr. McGee, what’s the deal-e-o?” Turns out, the U.S. government has announced plans to recommend a reduction in the amount of fluoride in the drinking water.

“But you just told us that fluoride helps prevent cavities and is a good thing. So, Dr. McGee you must be a liar liar pants on fire!”

Hey! Why Are My teeth All Polka-Dotted?!

Actually no. It would appear that we may be getting too much of a good thing. With all the fluoride in the water, and in toothpaste, and mouthwash, etc we may be ingesting too much of the stuff. The problem with too much fluoride is that it causes the teeth to develop white spots and in severe cases can even turn them brown. Eeeew.
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I think a lot of this is due to the fact that Americans have many more sources of fluoride at their disposal than they did years ago when it was first introduced into water systems years ago.

All this may have you asking what the right amount of fluoride is. As far as drinking water goes, it’s about 1 part per million. Contact your local water utility to find out how much water you are getting.

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2 responses to “The “F” Word is Back in the News

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