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Chemical Found in Drinking Water Linked to Tooth Decay in Children

Children with higher concentrations of a certain chemical in their blood are more likely to get cavities, according to a new study by West Virginia University School of Dentistry researchers. Manufactured chemical g roups called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances are universal as a result of extensive manufacturing and use. Although manufacturers no longer use PFAS to make nonstick cookware, carpet, cardboard and other products, they persist in the environment. Scientists have linked them to a range of health problems–from heart disease to high cholesterol–but now R. Constance Wiener and Christopher Waters are exploring how they affect dental health. They investigated whether higher concentrations of PFAS were associated with greater tooth decay in children.  Read more.....

 

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