Through this final recommendation, the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) updates and replaces its 1962 Drinking Water Standards related to community water fluoridation — the controlled addition of a fluoride compound to a community water supply to achieve a concentration optimal for dental caries prevention.
Because fluoridation of public drinking water systems had been demonstrated as effective in reducing dental caries, PHS provided recommendations regarding optimal fluoride concentrations in drinking water for community water systems in 1962. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing this updated PHS recommendation because of new data that address changes in the prevalence of dental fluorosis, the relationship between water intake and outdoor temperature in children, and the contribution of fluoride in drinking water to total fluoride exposure in the United States. Although PHS recommends community water fluoridation as an effective public health intervention, the decision to fluoridate water systems is made by state and local governments.
Click here to see the U.S. Public Health Service Recommendation for Fluoride Concentration in Drinking Water for the Prevention of Dental Caries.
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