Some believe that adding fluoride to the water to prevent tooth decay is great, while others are not so happy about the idea. The courts are now trying to decide.
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Fluoride in Drinking Water
by David Proctor
December 16, 2021
Urban Farm Lifestyle Magazine Published Weekly
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century.
This all started back in the mid-’40s when Grand Rapids, Michigan was the first city in the U.S. to fluoridate its water.
They found that by the early 1950s, the results were clear:
Compared to school children from nearby areas that did not fluoridate their water, children in Grand Rapids had fewer cavities.
Before this event no municipalities fluoridated their water, afterwards, almost all did.
Almost all water contains some naturally-occurring fluoride, but usually at levels too low to prevent tooth decay.
Water fluoridation is the process of adding a small amount of fluoride to public water supplies to a level known to make teeth stronger and prevent cavities.
What has brought about some concern to this practice is that we now have toothpaste with fluoride.
If some fluoride is good, then more is better?
Apparently, too much fluoride can have some adverse health consequences.
The bones tend to absorb fluoride leading to osteosarcomas (bone tumors).
The National Cancer Institute says that “researchers found no indication of increase cancer risk associated with fluoridated drinking water”
The most notable effect of too much fluoride is a condition called fluorosis.
Thi condition results in small white specks on the teeth.
This is not supposed to cause pain.
So, if you swallow too much toothpaste will this cause fluorosis?
The American Dental Association recommends fluoride toothpaste and states that dental fluorosis does not harm the teeth or your health.
What about mothers that don’t breastfeed and mix formula with tap water?
The ADA still recommends fluoridated water.
What about other countries that don’t fluoridate their water, yet have seen decreases in cavities and tooth decay.
The most common reply is that they get fluoride through other sources such as milk or salt.
Or could it be from their diet in these populations that see decreases?
Maybe adding fluoride to the water is not such a bad idea!
I personally have to wonder if this is the best method to medicate the public population.
I am not passing judgment for or against.
But you have to wonder whose best interest is at stake here?
It just would be nice to have a choice rather than a “one dose fits all”.
With that being said, there are ways to remove or avoid fluoride from the water if you are so inclined.
- Water Filters: You have to use reverse osmosis, deionizers, or activated alumina filters.
- Activated carbon filters will not work.
- Drink spring water or distilled water.
These are the main ways to circumvent drinking fluoride water from your public water supply.
Avoiding Fluoride Exposure
So, one way or the other drink up.
It has been said you should drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day, with or without fluoride?
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Top Ten Reasons to Oppose Water Fluoridation
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Four Myths about Water Fluoridation and Why They’re Wrong
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TOP 10 WAYS TO REDUCE FLUORIDE EXPOSURE
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