Should we continue to implement fluoridation of community water in the US?

Approximate two-thirds of the population in the US is served by fluoridated public water. Healthy People 2010 recommend that all states fluoridate at least 75% of their population. We have not met this goal to date, but this is not a surprise.
Fluoride Action Network believes that fluoride is a toxic substance added to community water. Fluoridation’s benefits to teeth has been exaggerated and that chemicals used to fluoridate water may present unique health risks.  A Harvard study published online in Environmental Health Perspectives supports the possibility of an adverse effect of high fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment including the lowering of IQs
The government has made every effort to put safety first, in 2011 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reduce water fluoridation levels from 1 to 0.7 parts per million.
Pew states that water fluoridation is one of the most effective public health interventions that the US has ever undertaken. Pew’s review of CDC data found, 25 states did not meet the national benchmark. CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. The safety of fluoride in drinking water at levels recommended for preventing tooth decay has been affirmed by the National Academy of Sciences. The continued implementation of community water fluoridation is an important policy for US Public Health and should remain in use.


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