Too much fluoride can cause cosmetic condition

2014-06-11T00:00:00Z 2014-06-11T13:52:15Z Too much fluoride can cause cosmetic conditionBy Dorrie Steele nwitimes.com
June 11, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The Times' May 28 editorial about fluoride in water stated there are no health warnings about drinking too much fluoridated water. This is incorrect.

There is a cosmetic condition called fluorosis that affects teeth by causing stains, surface irregularities and pits. Fluorosis is caused by overexposure to fluoride during the first eight years of life, when most permanent teeth are being formed. Nearly 25 percent of Americans ages 6 to 49 are affected by fluorosis.

Swallowing fluoridated toothpaste can be one cause of this condition, but another cause is drinking too much fluoridated water.

Fluorosis is not a disease, but its effects can be psychologically distressing and difficult to treat. Cosmetic treatment costs are not covered by insurance.

Any city fluoridating its water should comply with the EPA's rule on limits, and moms might consider using water from other sources when making baby formula.

- Dorrie Steele, Crown Point

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