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More evidence to the effectiveness of fluoride.

Study In Juneau Shows Benefits Of Fluoride In Drinking Water.

NPR (1/1, Martin) reports that a decade after Juneau, Alaska “stopped adding fluoride to its tap water” the prediction of “more cavities … has now proven true.” A study published in BMC Oral Health comparing the situation before and after Juneau stopped fluoridating its water supply, finds that “children are going to experience one additional caries procedure per year at a ballpark of $300 more per child.” NPR adds that an opponent of fluoride says it is “harmful. But the CDC, World Health Organization, European Union and other government and medical institutions have long held that low levels of fluoride in drinking water are safe.” MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on fluoride.

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