(STUDY FINDS) -- MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — What’s in your child’s drinking water? Unfortunately, it’s probably not just H2O. Researchers at West Virginia University have discovered that PFAs, a group of manufactured chemicals that include perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, can cause tooth decay in children. Making matters worse is the fact that PFAs are found consistently in U.S. drinking water supplies all over the country.
PFAs can be found throughout our environment due to decades of prolonged use in the production of various products such as rugs, cook ware, and cardboard. Manufacturers no longer use PFAs, but these persistent chemicals nonetheless remain all around us. Moreover, PFAs have been linked to a number of health problems such as heart disease and high cholesterol.
This is the first time, though, that researchers have discovered these chemicals can be detrimental to oral health as well. More specifically, higher concentrations of a certain type of PFA called perfluorodecanoic acid was found to promote tooth decay in children.
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