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is water pollution a cause for dental fluorosis?

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Dr. J BARRY Stovall
General Practice 46 years experience
No: Fluorosis is caused by a high concentration of Fluoride in one's water supply.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
No: In agreement with dr stoval. It is abnormally high natural flouride concentrations in the drinking water, ingested for a long time, that cause flourosis.
Dr. LaMont Gee
Dentistry 51 years experience
Fluorosis: Dental fluorosis is a result of too much Fluoride in the diet, typically coming from water in areas that have very high naturally occurring fluoride. This can be adjusted by municipal water treatment plants. Water pollution has many other hazards, but too much Fluoride is seldom one of those risks. If you are on well water then it might be wise to have the Fluoride level tested by lab.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Definitely, no: Only a child may get the enamel fluorosis if he or she gets too much fluoride during the years of tooth development. It is irrelevant if water is polluted.

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