The Facts on Fluoride
The Facts on
Most people use water filters, avoid unclean water, and try to practice proper hydration habits. However, there are still plenty of water-related topics that people feel confused about or aren’t even aware of the problem in the first place. This week we’re talking about fluoride in water, and what its presence means to you and your family.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural mineral found in soil, water, and some foods. There’s also a trace of fluoride in your bones, including your teeth. Scientists have synthetically replicated fluoride and its effects for the purpose of adding it to drinking water, toothpaste, mouthwashes, and various chemical products. Fluoride is most commonly used in dental products to help increase oral health and prevent cavities.
Why is fluoride in water?
Did you know that many water authorities add fluoride to the municipal water supply? This means that your water supply most likely contains a small amount of this mineral. They do this because tooth decay is one of the most common health problems affecting children, and many people worldwide cannot afford the cost of regular dental checks. By adding small traces of fluoride into the public water, people can enjoy saving money and benefiting from naturally improved dental health.
What fluoride does to the body
Adding fluoride to water isn’t always fine and dandy. In fact, fluoridation is quite controversial. The practice is not allowed in many Nebraskan cities and is often only practiced in larger cities and towns because fluoride can have negative impacts on some people. The two most common impacts of fluoride consumption are commonly seen in young kids or seniors. Dental fluorosis happens when you consume too much fluoride while your teeth are still forming, and leaves the appearance of white spots on the teeth. While they don’t have any harm to health, the spots are permanent.
Another common symptom of fluoride consumption is skeletal fluorosis. This impacts all other bones other than the teeth, leaving the individual with joint pain, stiffness, and eventual calcification of ligaments. This can be especially dangerous with seniors because they are already susceptible to joint and muscle stiffness, and consuming too much fluoride can exacerbate these symptoms.
More controversial beliefs of fluoride on the body is low IQ scores in children, bone cancer, arthritis, or kidney disease. None of these claims have been substantiated to date, and are still being researched. These side effects can vary based on the age, body type, gender, and natural susceptibility to fluoride.
How to remove fluoride from water
First, you need to know whether your system contains fluoride and just how much. Does your water provider pack your water full of the maximum legal amount? Or is your water lightly traced with low levels of fluoride? Luckily, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided this tool for people all over the country to find their exact county to see the amount of fluoride in their water.
There are a couple ways to remove fluoride from water, such as reverse osmosis filtration, activated alumina defluoridation filter, or distillation filtration. Consult your water experts for what type of filtration system makes the most sense for your water. It’s important to note what type of water filters do not properly remove fluoride from the water. Brita, Pur, and most other filters do not remove fluoride. Simply checking the product description will confirm if fluoride is removed or not. Also, boiling and freezing water will not remove fluoride from water. In fact, heating water to a boil will concentrate the fluoride rather than reducing it.
What is right for you?
At the end of the day, it’s your decision whether or not you believe fluoride is okay in your household water supply. As mentioned above, it is a controversial topic, which means you will be able to find evidence strongly advising for and against consuming fluoride. If you’d like to remove fluoride from your water, implementing the above mentioned techniques will effectively leave you with clean, pure water.
For more questions on your water quality, call us today to solve all of your water worries and questions. We’re here for you and your family to help find the best solution for your lifestyle!