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Concerns raised about dental impact of fluoride shortage
Updated: 7/7/2008 2:00:28 PM

Dental experts have raised concerns about a shortage of fluoride in household water supplies.

Fluoride is added to drinking water because it helps to strengthen children's teeth, but according to the Decatur Daily, there were recently periods where this did not happen in Alabama due to a lack of supplies.

The longest of these was between October 30th 2007 and June 2nd of this year, which is long enough to cause dental problems, dentist Dr Patrick Stanley said.

Commenting on this, Dr Robert McDaniel told the publication: "It would have been nice to have known about it so we could have told the parents they needed to have additional fluoride for their children's dental health."

Dr Stanley noted that children who do not have fluoride in their drinking water are "five or six times" more likely to have cavities than those that do.

"Cavities are considered a disease. Fluoride is the No. 1 ingredient that helps cure dental disease," he stated.

There are those that oppose the fluoridation of water because of concerns about health problems, but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes it as "one of ten great public health achievements of the 20th century".

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