Health NW: The fluoride debate

<center>Kathryn B. Brown, FNP</center>

The debate about the benefits and risks of fluoride supplementation is ongoing. The main issue is whether or not communities should add fluoride to their water supplies to decrease the amount of dental decay and cavities in their residents. Is water fluoridation safe and effective, or is it a misguided practice that can harm us?

The American Dental Association (ADA) and the U.S. Public Health Service have been recommending fluoride to prevent tooth decay for more than 50 years. They believe that fluoridation of water and the use of fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash are safe and effective.

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