EPA and HHS now recommend the level of fluoride in drinking water to be set “at the lowest end of the current optimal range”—that is, no more than 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water instead of the current recommended range which goes as high as 1.2 milligrams.
Municipalities will be wise to revisit their water fluoridation policies in light of new studies that address safety and efficacy of fluoride in drinking water to allegedly reduce tooth decay. While topical application of fluoride directly to the tooth enamel may prevent cavities, it has been shown that ingesting fluoride has the opposite effect, damages teeth and all major organ systems. Surely, cities can find an alternate means to dispose of the by-products of aluminum production? If the answer is no, they are not trying hard enough.