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Fluoride prevents tooth decay

Fluoride is the ion form of the highly reactive element fluorine. Fluoride is not considered an essential trace mineral because it is not needed for growth or life. Almost all of the fluoride in the body is found in bones and teeth. Even so, fluoride is very valuable for preventing tooth decay and even repairing decay in its earliest stages.
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Several researches have found reduced facts of dental decay in populations drinking fluoridated water.
Fluoridated drinking water reduces cavities in children by 20 to 40 percent and in adults by 15 to 35 percent—and the effect is even greater if we also use fluoridated toothpaste.
Fluoride helps build strong bones and keep them that way. There’s some solid evidence that people who live in areas with fluoridated water have less osteoporosis. New drugs that combine calcium and fluoride for treating osteoporosis are now being investigated and show a lot of promise.
There’s no RDA for fluoride, but today about 60 percent of the municipalities in the United States add it to their water supplies at the rate of one milligram per liter (which is another way of saying one part per million). That amount means the average adult will get between 1.5 and 4.0 mg a day just from drinking tap water.

Fluoride food sources

The main source of fluoride in the United States is fluoridated water. About two thirds of the population of the United States drinks fluoridated water. The fluoride content of food is extremely low. Only tea and sardines have been found to contain even small amounts of fluoride. The swallowing of fluoride-containing toothpaste is a major source of fluoride intake, especially in children.

Side effects/ toxicity

There is some controversy about the toxicity of fluoride. It is well established that excess fluoride can cause dental fluorosis. Mild dental fluorosis can result in mottled teeth. With higher levels of fluoride, pitting of the tooth enamel can occur. This may be due to the combined fluoride intake from fluoridated water, fluoridated toothpaste, and topical dental fluoride treatments.


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