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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fluoride: Necessary or too much of a good thing?

Community water fluoridation has been around for more than 65 years, and although proponents cite many benefits, the practice has come under fire recently as critics are questioning the amount our children are consuming – and if it’s even necessary.

Touted as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, community water fluoridation has been shown to significantly decrease tooth decay. Systematic reviews conducted by the Community Preventive Services Task Force found that tooth decay in children ages 4 to 17 years old declined by 29 percent as a result of fluoride in the water.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/02/20/fluoride-necessary-or-too-much-good-thing/?intcmp=features#ixzz2LpwcOHkn

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