The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final recommendation of the level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time since 1962. The main reason is to prevent staining of tooth enamel caused by exposure to too much fluoride. The new recommended level of fluoride to prevent tooth decay is 0.7 milligrams per liter of water. The previous recommended range was 0.7 to 1.2 mg per liter. The increasing access Americans have to fluoride, in the form of toothpaste and mouth rinses, since 1962 has set this change in motion. Federal health officials say that the new recommended level will still be sufficient enough to provide protective benefits such as reducing tooth decay in children and adults beyond what the dental products offer. What are your thoughts about this change? How often do you discuss oral products with your patients?

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