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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Fluoride

City of Myrtle Beach

NOTE: City of Myrtle Beach purchases water from Gsw&sa-myrtle Beach (sc2620009) which is required to test for fluoride. Sample information shown below was taken by Gsw&sa-myrtle Beach (sc2620009).

Fluoride occurs naturally in surface and groundwater and is also added to drinking water by many water systems. Read More.

Fluoride has been promoted as a chemical that reduces dental cavities. Yet it is now well-established that fluoride primarily exerts its protective effects through topical mechanisms, such as sodium fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwash. In contrast, long-term ingestion of fluoride in water increases dental fluorosis, which includes mottling, pitting and weakening of the teeth. EPA's maximum legal limit is set at 4 parts per million (ppm) to prevent skeletal fluorosis, a condition where bones become brittle and more susceptible to fractures, although these effects may occur at lower doses.

Even fluoride levels of 0.7 ppm, the amount of fluoride in drinking water recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service, can result in too much fluoride for bottle-fed babies. EWG recommends that caregivers mix baby formula with fluoride-free water. The National Toxicology Program is investigating the potential for low doses of fluoride to alter thyroid function and childhood brain development.

 

7

Samples

1

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20120.520 ppm110.520 ppm
20130.900 ppm110.900 ppm
20142.49 ppm220.480 ppm - 4.50 ppm
20150.430 ppm110.430 ppm
20160.270 ppm110.270 ppm
2017ND10ND

ppm = parts per million

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 4 ppm

ppm = parts per million

All test results

NOTE: City of Myrtle Beach purchases water from Gsw&sa-myrtle Beach (sc2620009) which is required to test for fluoride. Sample information shown below was taken by Gsw&sa-myrtle Beach (sc2620009).

Date Lab ID Result
2012-05-08AD071530.520 ppm
2013-05-20AD239030.900 ppm
2014-09-23AD458614.50 ppm
2014-09-23AD458670.480 ppm
2015-08-06AD592720.430 ppm
2016-08-04AD802570.270 ppm
2017-08-03AD98572ND