Why is fluoride added to the water?
Fluoride is a form of fluorine, one of the most abundant elements on earth. Because of its ability to reduce or prevent dental caries, water systems in the United States began adding fluoride to the drinking water in 1946. Wherever this treatment practice is in place, a significant reduction in the incidence of tooth decay can be expected. Worldwide, the Centers for Disease Control considers the implementation of water fluoridation to prevent dental caries as one of the major achievements of the 20th century.

There have been many claims made over the years that adding fluoride to drinking water has an adverse effect on human health. The American Dental Association asserts that none of these claims have ever been substantiated. They further conclude that "After 60 years of research and practical experience, the preponderance of scientific evidence indicates that fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and effective."

Their position is further supported by a report prepared by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, commissioned by the EPA. The report concluded that the currently allowed levels of fluoride in drinking water do not pose a risk for health problems such as cancer, kidney failure or bone disease.

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