For the first time since its initial recommendation to add fluoride to our drinking water in 1962, the federal government has recommended lowering that amount.
The original suggestion from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) was 0.7 parts per million for warmer climates, because people in warm climates were believed to drink more water, and 1.2 parts per million in cooler areas, where water drinking may not be fueled by high temperatures. The new standard no longer worries about the weather and is a steady 0.7 recommendation for everywhere.
The new recommended levels come as no shock. The DHHS first proposed lowering fluoride levels six years ago, back in 2011. Since that time, government officials have worked to read and respond to the 19,000 public comments that ensued.
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