Everyone knows fluoride is good for your teeth, so the more fluoride the better, right? Well, wrong! Apparently fluoride is killing us, people, it's killing us!! Okay, calm down. I just said that so the real news wouldn't shock you as much. It's not killing us, but too much fluoride can make kids' teeth look a little funny. Yes, science has confirmed what some moms knew all along -- too much fluoride is responsible for those unsightly white streaks some kids get on their toofies!
One study actually found that two out of five kids have tooth streaking or spottiness, and it's all because kids are getting just too darn much fluoride. Since 1962, fluoride has been added to our drinking systems per government suggestions, and tooth decay rapidly declined.
But as with most things, too much good can actually do some harm. And kids' sensitive enamel can't handle too much fluoride, which is now not only found in drinking water, but in toothpaste, mouthwash, and other products.
So the government has now recommended that fluoride be decreased in most water systems, with the new standard being 0.7 parts per million, bringing the level down in warmer climates, which had a standard of 1.5 parts per million.
In fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency says on its website:
Children aged 8 years and younger exposed to excessive amounts of fluoride have an increased chance of developing pits in the tooth enamel, along with a range of cosmetic effects to teeth.
So, yeah, that's happening.
Hopefully, this new standard will cut back on this issue because it's hard to know exactly how much fluoride your kid is getting and how much is too much! C'mon, we can't know everything.
Are you glad to hear this? Has your child had any issues?
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