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IQ: Dental hygiene hi-jinx 

Do you remember hearing your mom say "don't swallow the toothpaste when you brush," when you were a kid? I do. I used to think I was going to die if I ate it. Turns out I was right, sort of. If you are an adult and you eat about three or four tubes of fluoride toothpaste (depending on your body weight), you could kick the bucket. But the City of Colorado Springs plans to put fluoride in the tap water to help people take care of their teeth. Does this mean it could be possible to drink too much water?

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Jeff Love
Student
Neighborhood: Downtown

What do you think about the plan to add fluoride to the water? It sounds kind of strange. Are people allergic to it?

What is Colorado brown stain? I'm assuming it has something to do with the water.

How much fluoride will kill you? A gallon.

How often did you eat toothpaste when you were a kid? Just about every day.

How many cavities have you had in you life? More than 10 and less than 20.

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Lineah Davey
Teacher
Neighborhood: Wasson

What do you think about the plan to add fluoride to the water? If it's needed, that's OK.

What is Colorado brown stain? Are you referring to the browning, staining of the teeth? If you have too much fluoride, your teeth will turn brown.

How much fluoride will kill you? I have not a clue.

How often did you eat toothpaste when you were a kid? Rarely.

How many cavities have you had in your life? Five or ten, maybe.

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Josh Moore
Camping supply salesman
Neighborhood: Central

What do you think about the plan to add fluoride to the water? I hope pregnant women aren't drinking it.

What is Colorado brown stain? The brown stain on your teeth. I have a couple friends that have it.

How much fluoride will kill you? A tube of it. Two tubes?

How often did you eat toothpaste when you were a kid? Depended on the flavor. If it was Aquafresh I'd suck that stuff down. I'd probably swallow it every time I'd brush my teeth.

How many cavities have you had in your life? Ten.

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Tiffany Wise
Civil engineer
Neighborhood: Broadmoor

What do you think of the plan to add fluoride to the water? I actually do environmental engineering and I'm pretty on top of this project, and I definitely think it's a good thing. It's very necessary for the integrity of our teeth.

What is Colorado brown stain? It's due to the fluoride. It's kind of a deterioration of the enamel of your teeth.

How often did you eat toothpaste when you were a kid? I never ate it.

How many cavities have you had in your life? Six. And I actually had them all over the age of 25, which is really bizarre.

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