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Published October 16, 2012, 06:29 PM

Less Fluoride Coming to Grand Forks Water

Few people think about it but most municipal water systems have added the chemical fluoride to tap water for years. Now, the US Department of Health is proposing a change to the recommended levels designed to prevent tooth decay.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Few people think about it but most municipal water systems have added the chemical fluoride to tap water for years. Now, the US Department of Health is proposing a change to the recommended levels designed to prevent tooth decay.

Those recommendations will likely result in a reduction of the fluoride Grand Forks puts into the drinking water. The current government recommendations on fluoride in drinking water are from 50 years ago and a lot has changed since then. There is more exposure to fluoride. People get more of it everyday in toothpaste, mouthwash, even some types of dental floss. Currently Grand Forks adds 1.2 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water. The change will reduce that to 0.7 milligrams. The new drinking water guidelines will not go into effect until next year.

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