The federal government has recommended lowering the level of fluoride in public drinking water for the first time in 50 years. In 1962, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recommended that public tap water contain between 0.7 and 1.2 milligrams of fluoride per liter. But this week, the department changed its recommendation is for the level to not exceed 0.7 milligrams per liter as many receive fluoride through toothpaste, mouthwash, and other products.

“While additional sources of fluoride are more widely used than they were in 1962, the need for community water fluoridation still continues,” said Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Dr. Boris Lushniak. “Community water fluoridation continues to reduce tooth decay in children and adults beyond that provided by using only toothpaste and other fluoride-containing products.”

While the American Dentistry Association and public health researchers have praised the announcement, but others feel the recommendation does not go far enough.

Dr. Phillippe Grandjean, an environmental health researcher and physician at Harvard University. He advocates using fluoride topically, like brushing your teeth with toothpaste with fluoride, as opposed to swallowing it and subjecting all the body’s organs to the naturally-occurring mineral.  A study in 1999 found that fluoride primarily acts topically and does not need to be swallowed to be effective.

So which is it? Is fluoride in water good or bad? Check out the pros and cons below and make the decision for yourself:



Whether you want to keep the fluoride in your office drinking water or have it filtered out is up to you. Quench’s 5-step carbon filtration system will not remove fluoride from the water, but our reverse osmosis filtration system will remove fluoride from your water. So the choice is yours!