Questions About Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water Answered by EPA Actions

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For decades, the Environment Protection Agency has supported elevated levels of Fluoride to be introduced into The United States fresh water supply in an effort to prevent certain types of tooth decay. However, recent statements made by both the EPA and the World Health Organization, as well as a new report posted at Health and Wellness portal BeWellBuzz.com, have revealed that the EPA now supports a reduction of fluoride content in drinking water.

For decades, the Environment Protection Agency and the Department has supported elevated levels of Fluoride to be introduced into The United States fresh water supply in an effort to prevent certain types of tooth decay. However, recent statements made by the EPA and World Health Organization, as well as a new report posted at Health and Wellness portal BeWellBuzz.com, have brought into question the purpose behind the reduction of fluoride content in drinking water.

Water Fluoridation was introduced on a big scale in the United States of America during the late 1940’s, as several dental experts believed it would prevent several types of tooth disease. Today, nearly 70 percent of the country’s population will drink water that contains fluoride, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.

In 2006 the National Academy of Sciences found dental fluorosis – caused by too much fluoride – capable of putting children at risk of developing other dental problems including the breakdown of tooth enamel, discoloration and pitting. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and a report posted in 2006, 32 percent of American children had some form of dental fluorosis. At this time, questions began to surface about the potential health risks associated with dental fluorosis.

According to the World Health Organization and their 2004 published report 'Fluoride in Drinking Water', “Moderate amounts of lead to dental effects, but long-term ingestion of large amounts can lead to potentially severe skeletal problems. Chronic high-level exposure to fluoride can lead to skeletal fluorosis. In skeletal fluorosis, fluoride accumulates in the bone progressively over many years.”

The report issued by the W.H.O. continued to state that the early symptoms of skeletal fluorosis, include stiffness and pain in the joints. In severe cases, the bone structure may change and ligaments may calcify, with resulting impairment of muscles and pain. Acute high-level exposure to fluoride causes immediate effects of abdominal pain, excessive saliva, nausea and vomiting. Seizures and muscle spasms may also occur.

These discoveries lead the EPA to make significant changes to the Fluoride levels in the United States drinking water supply. “EPA’s new analysis will help us make sure that people benefit from tooth decay prevention while at the same time avoiding the unwanted health effects from too much fluoride," stated Peter Silva, the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water for the EPA in press release issued by the agency in May of 2012. "One of water fluoridation’s biggest advantages is that it benefits all residents of a community—at home, work, school, or play. With these changes, we strive to maintain a balance beneficial for all."

The EPA’s recent pledge to reduce the amount of Fluoride in the nations drinking water supply show a significant effort by the United States official health agencies to attempt to prevent future chronic health issues due to over-exposure of Fluoride. There are several other effects of Fluoride and some warning signs for parents to discover if their children are showing signs of early Fluorosis posted in the BeWellBuzz.com article posted below.

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