How Much Fluoride is in the Drinking Water?

‘What’s in the water?’ This common question is often used in both a symbolic and literal way. When it comes to the actual water provided by city systems across the country, however, change is coming. As your Sea Lakes Ranch dentist, we are attune to matters of public policy that affect your dental health and always want to keep you aware of changes as they happen.

The United States Public Health Service just released the results of years of scientific testing regarding how much fluoride the average person receives from all sources. After careful analysis, the agency reached a new, standardized recommendation on the ratio of fluoride to water. Previously, the recommendation ranged from 0.7-1.2 mg/L. The new recommendation sets the amount at a standard 0.7 parts per million.

The American Dental Association lends its support to the United States Public Health Service’s findings and states that fluoridation of water is one of the most effective ways to reduce cavities and prevent dental disease. Of course, individual effort is important too – so be sure that you and your family maintain a regular routine of good oral health maintenance! Contact our office today if your teeth are due for special care or routine oral therapy.