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The Reason Fluoride is Added to Your Drinking Water

April 7, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — solomondental @ 9:54 pm
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Are you aware that fluoride is in the drinking water provided by your local municipality? If so, you may have encountered some information online suggesting that this is problematic. Should you be alarmed about the presence of fluoride in drinking water? Furthermore, why has it been added? Continue reading to get the answers and to learn how you can prevent oral health issues.

The Historical Relationship Between Fluoride and Water

There once was a time when tooth decay was alarmingly prevalent among Americans of all ages. Beginning in the early 20th century, scientists discovered that fluoride could help to fight tooth decay. Based on the new information, government officials pegged Grand Rapids, Michigan as a trial location for adding fluoride to the water supply. The subsequent studies showed a significant decrease in the rate of cavities in school children, which prompted water fluoridization to spread to other towns and cities. To celebrate this achievement, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named community water fluoridization one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

The Downside of Fluoride

Too much of anything can become problematic. Thus, overexposure to fluoride can lead to fluorosis, a condition that causes changes in tooth enamel. They range from barely noticeable white spots to staining and pitting.

Here are some other issues associated with consuming high levels of fluoride:

  • Fluoride can become concentrated in the bones, altering the tissue’s structure and weakening the skeleton.
  • Overexposure can become toxic to the brain and nerve cells, causing learning, memory and cognition deficits.
  • New evidence suggests consuming high levels of fluoride can contribute to certain cancers.

It should be noted that the above concerns are based on fluoride levels that are higher than the limits established by the United States Public Health Service (PHS). Currently natural drinking water sources in the U.S. have an average fluoride level of about 0.2 mg/L.

How to Get More Clarity

To get a better understanding about the effects of fluoride on your teeth and overall health, visit a local dentist for a routine checkup and cleaning. While there, you’ll have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have concerning your oral health and the impact of fluoride. You can trust the dentist to provide an honest and professional opinion so that you can feel comfortable moving forward.

Meanwhile, you can continue to fortify your overall wellness by maintaining excellent dental hygiene habits, which should include brushing and flossing at least two times a day to control the growth of harmful oral bacteria. By focusing on what you know for sure works, you’re destined to reap the positive benefits!

About the Author

Dr. Carin J. Solomon earned her dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Throughout a career that has spanned over 30 years, she has maintained the highest standards of care, taking several hours of continuing education courses along the way. Dr. Solomon provides comprehensive dental care at Solomon Dental Group, and she can be reached for more information through her website.