What are the effects of excessive fluoride levels in drinking water?
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Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water and soil. It is added to drinking water in measured amounts to prevent tooth decay. However, excessive fluoride levels can cause dental fluorosis, a condition that affects the enamel of teeth and can cause discoloration and pitting. High levels of fluoride can also affect bone health, leading to skeletal fluorosis in severe cases. Fluoride levels in drinking water are regulated by the EPA, and testing for fluoride is essential in ensuring safe consumption.