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What reporters need to know about water fluoridation efforts

For more than 70 years, communities across the United States have been supplementing naturally occurring fluoride in water supplies to promote oral health.

Nearly 75% of Americans – more than 211 million people – are served by community water fluoridation (CWF) programs, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Since its beginnings, water fluoridation has stirred controversy, with opponents asserting that the practice amounts to forced medication and poses health risks including reduced intelligence. Here, Mary Otto provides background and presents the most relevant studies on the subject.

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