In response to a 4 year-old public proposal and 19,000 accompanying signatures from concerned Americans, the federal government has apparently decided to lower the recommended amount of fluoride added to public drinking water. For the last 50 years or so, our benefactors in Washington have advocated dosing the American public with sodium-fluoride as a public health initiative, ostensibly to reduce dental cavities.
With a recent public announcement, the government changed these dated recommendations and in the process essentially admitted that the science behind public water fluoridation is wrong, or perhaps even non-existent. Yet, instead of recalling or ending public water fluoridation, they merely tweaked the recommended dosage, which is makes absolutely no sense if the argument for fluoridation is supposed scientific in any way.
“Since 1962, the government has been advising water systems to add fluoride to a level of 0.7 parts per million for warmer climates, where people drink more water, to 1.2 parts per million in cooler areas. The new standard is 0.7 everywhere.” [Source]
The reasoning behind the change is just as unscientific as the justification for public fluoridation was in the first place. The government says that too many people in areas with public water fluoridation are contracting dental fluorosis, an unsightly decay of the enamel of the teeth caused directly by exposure to fluoride. The government notes that because of the prevalence of fluoride in so many other consumable products, we might not need so much in our water after all to protect our teeth…. at least in cooler climates, that is.