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CDC: Kids Are Using Too Much Toothpaste

Fluoride in toothpaste is causing white streaks from dental fluorosis

(Newser) - If you're the parent of young kids, think about how big a grain of rice is, or a pea, before you help them brush their teeth. That's because that's how big the drop of toothpaste on their toothbrush should be, depending on their age—kids up to... More »

US Recommends Less Fluoride in Our Water

Current levels, plus all our toothpaste, etc., are making teeth splotchy

(Newser) - Fluoride is now in our toothpaste and mouthwash as well as our drinking water, and some of us are getting too much of it. As such, the government today announced it's lowering the recommended level of fluoride in water for the first time in more than 50 years. Fluoridation... More »

Fluoride Levels in Our Water Could Be Making Us Dumber

Private wells in Maine may have far too much

(Newser) - The CDC applauds the adding of fluoride to our water supply as one of the biggest public health triumphs of the 20th century. But it seems too much fluoride can do a lot of damage. Not only can it actually damage our teeth and weaken our bones—studies in China... More »

Portland Again Rejects Fluoride in Bitter Vote

Stays biggest city in US without fluoridation

(Newser) - The good voters of Portland, Ore., have once again rejected plans to add fluoride to their water to combat tooth decay, keeping it the biggest American city without fluoridation. The city voted 60% to 40% to stay fluoride-free last night, the fourth such rejection since 1956, the Oregonian reports. Fluoridation... More »

Woman Loses Teeth Due to Very Strong Tea

Her daily pitcher made with 150 bags caused big problems

(Newser) - Tea: It's good for you , but only if you don't drink too much of it. And by "too much of it," we mean a pitcher made with 100 to 150 tea bags. That's how much a Detroit woman drank each day, and doctors eventually realized... More »

CVS Gave Kids Cancer Drugs by Mistake

50 families were supposed to get fluoride tablets

(Newser) - Children from 50 families in New Jersey were accidentally given a breast cancer drug instead of chewable fluoride tablets, reports Gawker . Instead of a fluoride pill to prevent tooth decay, the children got Tamoxifen, a drug that prevents the production of estrogen. Fortunately, doctors say it should not have any... More »

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