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New Fluoride Standard Proposed — How Safe Is It?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing a new fluoride standard for bottled water — one with lower concentration levels. If the proposal is finalized, allowable levels of fluoride in domestically packaged and imported bottled water will be lowered to 0.7 milligrams per liter — a slight change from the current standard range between 0.8 and 1.7 milligrams per liter. The new regulation would not affect allowable levels of fluoride in bottled water that may contain fluoride from source water. It would only apply to bottled water with added fluoride.

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The proposal matches a 2015 recommendation from the U.S. Public Health Service that suggested 0.7 milligrams per liter is the optimal fluoride concentration for community water systems with added fluoride. The FDA said in a statement that the new rule is based on research findings on optimal concentrations of fluoride to balance its benefits in preventing tooth decay with its risk of causing dental fluorosis — a condition characterized by white patches on the teeth, caused by taking in too much fluoride over a long period of time when adult teeth are forming under the gums.

So what’s up with the new suggested limit? Is it safe?

Contrary to popular belief, fluoride is not added to drinking water worldwide. The U.S. is one of just eight countries that add fluoride to drinking water. In fact, the practice has been banned in most European countries, as well as China and Japan. Fluoride has been shown to accelerate the aging process, cause genetic damage, contribute to arthritis and joint pain, increase the incidence of cancer and tumor growth, and interrupt DNA repair.

The truth is, there is not one single metabolic process in your body that requires fluoride. The health hazards to overexposure are so great that no amount of fluoride is “safe” — especially for infants and children. Besides the fact that protecting your oral health has nothing to do with fluoride, there are many alarming reasons to put an end to the practice of fluoridation. Head over to the Fluoride Action Network to find out how you can protect your drinking water and support the fluoride-free movement.