The Fluoride Debate: Should it be in Our Water?
Fluoride can be quite useful in strengthening tooth enamel when used in proper quantities. The problem is that most people get too much of it. It can be found in toothpaste, mouthwash and even in your drinking water. When used in excess, fluoride can actually damage your teeth and create other health problems. So, why is it still being added to water?
The Negative Effects of Excessive Fluoride
The government has approved the process of adding fluoride to drinking water since the 1940s in an effort to help prevent tooth decay. However, studies have shown that too much fluoride can cause some serious health problems including bone deterioration, osteosarcoma, hypothyroidism, fluorosis of teeth and bones, low IQs, and birth defects.
Fluoride can accumulate in your body dramatically over the years, and it can have a negative effect on you, especially if you are hypersensitive. Studies have also shown that too much fluoride can cause such skin conditions as eczema and atopic dermatitis. It can also change normal cells into cancerous ones.
Even though there have been several studies that have shown that excessive fluoride can have damaging effects, the government continues to add it to water supplies. While there have been many debates pertaining to the issue, there have been no conclusions. Some people want to stop adding it to water all together, and others want to just reduce the amount.
What Can You Do?
The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to install a water purifier in your house. There are many to choose among; however, make sure you choose one that will filter out all harmful compounds including fluoride. In this way, you can be sure that you are drinking pure water and not getting too much fluoride.
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