Wednesday, September 18, 2013

EPA decision supports community water fluoridation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rejected a petition intended to undermine fluoridation on Aug. 6. Fluoride exists naturally in water, but usually not at a level high enough to protect against tooth decay. Submitted by retired EPA employee William Hirzy, the petition claimed that one type of fluoride used to fortify drinking water caused an increased risk of cancer. After thorough review, the EPA concluded that the petition failed to offer "sufficient facts" to back up its claims or to require new rules by the agency. 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends community water fluoridation as a proven method for reducing cavities and promoting good oral health. More than 65 years of research has shown fluoridation as safe and effective.

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