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Florida Physician Urges – Don’t Take Fluoride Out of the Water

Andy Oakes-Lottridge, MD, FAAFP, a physician in South-West Florida, has written an article urging readers (specifically in Florida’s Lee County) that it would be a mistake to discontinue water fluoridation in their community and to talk with their dentist or health care professional if they have questions about it. He notes that:

“The benefits of adding fluoride to the water are clear. There is a 20-40 percent reduction in cavities, a statistical result that has been demonstrated in multiple scientific studies done over the last 50 years. It is no surprise that the toothpaste you buy at the supermarket has fluoride in it. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association even recommend supplementing fluoride for children who may live on well water or in areas where there is inadequate fluoride in the water.”