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Can fluoride in toothpaste, mouth rinses or drinking water cause attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children?
Answer:Some research has linked community water fluoridation with increased risk of ADHD in children. However, there are no high-quality studies showing that fluoride in drinking water, toothpaste or mouth rinses causes ADHD. Experts consider regular use of fluoride from these sources to be effective for preventing dental cavities (i.e., dental caries), and the only health risk known to occur with excessive use is fluorosis, a condition in which teeth and bones become brittle due to excess fluoride.
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