The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released their new recommendation on optimal fluoride levels in drinking water to help prevent tooth decay. Community water fluoridation has been found to be effective and allows access to those who may not have availability of professional services.
Although fluoride may aid in the prevention of tooth decay, too much of it can cause a condition known as dental fluorosis, which changes the appearance of the tooth’s enamel. Dental fluorosis occurs as permanent teeth start to develop in children 8 and younger.
Data from two different surveys (National Heal and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2004 and National Survey of Oral Health in U.S. School Children 198601987) indicated that more than 20 percent of people aged 6-49 have some form of dental fluorosis. The condition does not have a harmful affect but many who have it find it aesthetically displeasing.
The new recommendation of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter will replace the 53 year old recommended range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter, reducing fluoride intake from drinking water by roughly 25 percent. The change will help in reducing the occurrence of dental fluorosis while still maintaining the benefits of decay prevention.
If you have dental flourosis and want to see what options you have to improve the appearance of your teeth, contact the experienced Las Vegas dentists at Drs. Chin Dentistry by calling us at (702) 445-7075 to schedule a consultation.