20 Mar 2012

Flouride water a risk for kids

Monday March 19 2012

Children are at risk of dental fluorosis when they drink water fluoridated at levels used as an aid to prevent tooth decay.

Mild dental fluorosis is usually characterised by the appearance of small white areas in the enamel but in a severe form the teeth appear stained and pitted.

A European watchdog says if a child drinks more than one litre of water containing 0.8 milligrams of fluoride per litre and they use a normal amount of regular, fluoridated toothpaste they can be at risk of the condition.

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