ADA responds to water fluoridation study

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The ADA has reinforced its support for community water fluoridation in a statement on August 19 following a controversial fluoride study.

The ADA noted that community water fluoridation is safe and effective, including at the 0.7-mg/L level currently recommended by the U.S. government. The statement follows the publication of a JADA Pediatrics study that found children with greater prenatal fluoride exposure had lower IQ scores as preschoolers.

"The ADA is aware of a new study conducted in Canada in which its authors reviewed maternal exposure to fluoride in pregnancy," the association wrote. "We welcome this and further scientific study of the issue to see if the findings can be replicated with methods that demonstrate more conclusive evidence."

The ADA will continue to monitor new evidence and research related to public health policies, the association noted. It also supports community water fluoridation as a prevention tool.

"The American Dental Association remains committed to fluoridation of public water supplies as the single most effective public health measure to help prevent tooth decay," the ADA stated.

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