The change is in response to the growing percentage of adolescents that now show signs of dental fluorosis, white stains and streaks on teeth, caused by high levels of fluoride. Forty one percent of American adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 have some form of fluorosis, according to the most recent data, and that number is expected to rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This may be because there are so many fluorinated products on the market these days. Fluoride is added to toothpaste, mouthwash, and other dental products. Since fluoride works topically and doesn't need to be ingested, much of the public is being double-dosed.
“While additional sources of fluoride are more widely used than they were in 1962, the need for community water fluoridation still continues,” said Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Dr. Boris Lushniak. “Community water fluoridation continues to reduce tooth decay in children and adults beyond that provided by using only toothpaste and other fluoride-containing products.”
About 75% of Americans today receive fluoride-enhanced tap water.
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