To fluoridate or not to fluoridate. That has been the question for some forty years now. Water fluoridation is very tricky to talk about as it is both widely debated and severely misunderstood. Over the years, under the presumption of dental health benefits, water fluoridation has been accepted by society and any talk against it usually gets regarded as conspiracy. Even though, recently in the United States, the optimum fluoride level was lowered from 1.2 milliliters per liter to .7. Nearly half the level it’s been for the last 50 years.
The directions on a bottle of sodium fluoride pills clearly state “This medication is not recommended for use in areas where the fluoride content in the water supply is greater than 0.6 parts per million.” and “Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily as directed by your doctor/dentist. The dosage is based on your age and the fluoride content in your water supply.” It is important to understand that fluoride is added to water with the purpose of treating you rather than the water itself. Fluoride is definitely not a vital nutrient and is considered a medication. In order to get fluoride in pill form you would need a prescription and doctors do not prescribe medicine without your consent yet fluoride is added to the water systems that supply water to 75 percent of homes in the U.S.. Also, everyone does not drink the same amount of water throughout the day which adds variations to the dosing. The fluoride in our vegetation through watering and our animals through drinking and feeding add to the variating doses we get as well. More over, fluoride becomes harmful at different levels to people of different race. The same recommended 8 glasses of fluoridated water, plus the varying trace amounts of fluoride in our food from watering and feeding, plus the fluoride in our twice daily recommended brushing make regulating ones fluoride levels impossible.
Ingestion of fluoride, especially over-ingestion, has an effect on many body parts such as the pineal gland, thyroid, bone health and even brain development.
The justification for fluoride being added to our water systems is based on fluorides proven dental benefits against tooth decay. However, it has also been proven that only the topical application of fluoride is effective. Another key point in understanding water fluoridation is knowing what kind of fluoride is being used in today’s water supplies. During the inception of the water fluoridation process, the additive used was sodium fluoride. Over the years however, the additive has changed to hydrofluorosilicic acid and it is the waste of the phosphate fertilizer industry in Florida. Recently however, many water supply companies have been buying bags labeled as fluoride that comes from waste from varying industrial plants in China.
Ingestion of fluoride, especially over-ingestion, has an effect on many body parts such as the pineal gland, thyroid, bone health and even brain development. Another regulatory change in the U.S. that occurred recently, was recommending infants not to ingest fluoride via formula. There is a slow increase in changes happening to the fluoridation process. One contributing factor to this is all studies being conducted on its safety are all done by the dental association who is coming from a dental health standpoint instead of a toxicity as it should. So to fluoridate or not to fluoridate you ask? You be the judge.