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Int J Occup Environ Health. 2004 Jul-Sep;10(3):343-50.

Water fluoridation and the environment: current perspective in the United States.

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  • 1Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94143-0758, USA.


Evidence of water fluoridation's effects on plants, animals, and humans is considered based on reviews by scientific groups and individual communities, including Fort Collins, CO, Port Angeles, WA, and Tacoma-Pierce County, WA. The potential for corrosion of pipes and the use of fluoridation chemicals, particularly fluorosilicic acid, are considered, as is the debate about whether fluoridation increases lead in water, with the conclusion that there is no such increase. The arguments of anti-fluoridationists and fluoridation proponents are examined with respect to the politics of the issue.

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