ADA reaffirms support for fluoride after American Medical Association study

The American Dental Association reaffirmed its support for fluoride after the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study examining the effects of fluoride exposure in pregnant women.

Researchers concluded in the study, published May 20, that prenatal fluoride exposure may increase the risk of neurobehavioral problems among children who live in optimally fluoridated areas of the U.S.

The ADA said it has not seen any peer-reviewed research that would change its recommendations for the use of fluoride, such as brushing with fluoride toothpaste and drinking fluoridated water.

The dental agency also pointed out the limitations and flaws of the study, adding "The JAMA study should be considered exploratory," according to a May 23 news release.

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