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Excess Fluoride may Damage Kids’ Teeth

According to local and state dentists, the presence of less amounts of fluoride in drinking water may not result in tooth decay. The Federal government had proposed to lower the fluoride content in drinking water. The acceptable amount of fluoride in water is 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter.

Water districts promote a process called fluoridation in order to create an awareness of dental health care. Director of Loma Linda University Dr. Yiming Li, said that avoid the usage of products like mouthwash and toothpaste which contain high amount of fluoride as they result in tooth decay.

Riverside Public Utilities contains around 0.4 to 0.7 milligrams of fluoride naturally and they do not add fluoride to the water. The water districts of Inland consists of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams of fluoride.

Fluoride gets accumulated on the teeth surface preventing the acid produced by the bacteria in plaque from getting dissolved into the tooth enamel resulting in tooth decay.

This condition is mostly seen in children below the age of 8 and they are at high risk of suffering from fluorosis due to excess fluoride. This condition can cause stains, white spots and pits on the tooth enamel. According to a recent study, around 41% of the children between the age of 12 and 15 suffer from fluorosis.

According to Disease Control and Prevention, excess consumption of fluoride can increase the chances of bone fractures as well.

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