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WASHINGTON -- Companies can claim that drinking bottled
water with fluoride prevents cavities, the federal government has
The Food and Drug Administration said in a notice dated Oct. 14
that it would allow bottlers of fluoridated water to make the health
claim. The notice was posted on the FDA Web site.
The claim -- specifically, that fluoridated water may reduce the
risk of dental cavities or tooth decay -- is not intended for use on
bottled water marketed to infants, the FDA said.
Many bottled waters already contain fluoride, and by law are
labeled as such. About two-thirds of the U.S. population that relies
on public water systems gets fluoridated water from the tap.
The surge in popularity of bottled water has led dentists and
others to fear that people, especially children, who avoid tap water
and drink exclusively unfluoridated bottled water face a greater risk
of developing cavities.
Fluoride can prevent, slow and in some cases reverse tooth decay.
People who live in communities with fluoridated drinking systems have
15 percent to 40 percent less decay, according to the surgeon
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