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Topic - Deborah Catrow
Fluoride in drinking water _ credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay _ may now be too much of a good thing. Getting too much of it causes spots on some kids' teeth.
Fluoride in drinking water — credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay — may now be too much of a good thing. Getting too much of it causes spots on some kids' teeth.
In a remarkable turnabout, federal health officials say many Americans are now getting too much fluoride because of its presence not just in drinking water but in toothpaste, mouthwash and other products, and it's causing splotches on children's teeth and perhaps more serious problems.
"Anybody who was anti-fluoride was considered crazy," said Deborah Catrow, who successfully fought a ballot proposal in 2005 that would have added fluoride to drinking water in Springfield, Ohio. "It's amazing that people have been so convinced that this is an OK thing to do."
"Anybody who was anti-fluoride was considered crazy at the time," she said.