Varying levels of fluorides are naturally present in the soil, groundwater, and natural springs. The amount of fluoride naturally present in the environment is not typically where it can fight tooth decay. As a result, many community water systems have been adding fluoride to drinking water to promote oral health since the late 1940s. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that nearly 73% of community water systems have access to fluoridated water.
Is fluoride in drinking water safe?
Unlike in the past, fluoridated toothpaste and other oral health products are readily available. There is growing concern that some individuals may be ingesting too much fluoride, especially if they have excellent oral hygiene. Also, consuming too much fluoride causes a condition called fluorosis. It can cause white spots, stains, and pitting to appear on the enamel surface of the teeth. Fluoride also accumulates in the bones, which can affect bone cell growth and weaken the skeleton. According to the American Cancer Society, there are continuing studies reviewing a potential link between water fluoridation and osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
How do I know if fluoride is in my water?
There are two ways to find out if fluoride is in your water. First, you can contact your water utility and ask for their annual water quality report. It will list the amount of fluoride in the drinking water as of the date of the water test. However, fluoride levels can change over time. So, the best way to find out the specific amount of fluoride coming out of your tap is to have a water test directly from The Water Source.
Should I have my water tested for fluoride?
Since fluoride levels can vary, it is recommended that homeowners to have a water test. A water test will determine the amount of fluoride present in your drinking water.
How to remove fluoride from water
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