The IAOMT, a global network of dentists, medical, and research professionals, is warning parents about exposure to a chemical that is often added to drinking water. (PRNewsfoto/IAOMT)

CHAMPIONSGATE, Fla., May 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) is unifying two events in May, Mother’s Day (May 13) and Fluoride Awareness Week (May 20-27), to issue a warning to parents about a health risk that is often overlooked.  More specifically, the non-profit organization, which consists of a global network of dentists, medical, and research professionals, is using this month to share information about the growing body of scientific literature examining fluoride’s potential to cause adverse health effects, especially in children.

“Fluoride is being added to drinking water in a one-size-fits-all dosage with no consideration for its impact on children, infants, and fetuses, who are also exposed to fluoride from other sources,” David Kennedy, DDS, of the IAOMT, explains.  “In the meantime, excess fluoride exposure in children is known to cause dental fluorosis, which is permanent damage to the developing tooth, is the first visible sign of fluoride toxicity, and is currently on the rise in the United States, with millions of children affected. Among an array of other health risks scientifically linked to children’s fluoride exposure are osteosarcoma (a bone cancer) and loss of IQ points.”

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