Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound promoted by dentists to protect teeth from cavities. Many communities add fluoride to their drinking water to promote dental health. Too much fluoride, however, can cause major health issues, especially in young children. Public concern has led the EPA to reevaluate the current practice of adding the compound to water supplies.
Exposure to excessive consumption of fluoride over a lifetime may lead to increased likelihood of bone fractures in adults, and may result in effects on bone leading to pain and tenderness. Children aged 8 years and younger exposed to excessive amounts of fluoride have an increased chance of developing pits in the tooth enamel, along with a range of cosmetic effects to teeth otherwise known as Dental Fluorosis.