On January 7, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced plans to update the recommended optimal level for community water fluoridation to 0.7 parts per million (ppm).1 This proposed guidance from HHS will replace the current recommended range of 0.7 to 1.2 ppm for optimal fluoridation of drinking water, which was established by the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) in 1962 for caries prevention. The HHS guidance was developed by a panel of scientists from several federal agencies, and it is open for public comment for a 30-day period, which ends February 14, 2011. Final HHS guidance on the recommended optimal fluoride level is anticipated later this year.
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