Though fluoride in drinking water “is credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay…now federal officials say it may be too much of a good thing.” (M. Stobbe, AP Medical, Atlanta, 1/7).

As a result, the “U.S. government wants to lower the recommended levels of fluoride in city water supplies. They say 2 out of 5 kids have tooth streaking from too much fluoride. The splotches often are noticed only by dentists. But health officials think fluoride limits should be reduced.” At the moment, it’s unknown if there are any long-term dental or health consequences of too much fluoride in water.

As a personal injury attorney in Chicago, I am hopeful that further evaluations of fluoride levels in water will lead to more conclusive recommendations.