For decades now there has been a major controversy over Fluoride in our water. I have recently seen arguments both supporting and demonizing fluoride. Quite frankly… like many things, our governmental agencies seem to have made decisions for us that maybe should have been left up to personal choice.

Not that much is known about the long term effects of fluoride in the body. Canada seems to have studied extensively, and it’s still undecided. It seems that fluoridation in public water is not being discussed much here in the US, and for the most part remains present in most public drinking water.

So what are the benefits? As near as I can tell, there is one benefit… and it is questionable. Fluoride does bond with and creates stronger tooth enamel resulting in reduced tooth decay. That’s why dentists use it. Be aware… That is fluoride treatment, not water fluoridation… 2 different things! So… do we all need it in our water? That’s the million dollar question.

I heard a mayor of a Canadian city respond to someone telling him adding in fluoride to city water was a “mass chemical treatment” being forced upon them and their families. The mayor’s response was that it seemingly was only needed for low income families that could not afford to go to the dentist regularly.

He also noted that, the number of low income people was a small percentage of his city’s population, yet he was forced to make a huge decision even though he had no medical or dental expertise.

Public water fluoridation began wide spread use somewhere around 1950. Early studies did show a decrease in tooth decay, and at that time, there weren’t a lot of studies being done on the affects it may have long term on the human body.

Studies today are suggesting that the liver and kidney function of young adults may have become negatively affected since the introduction of fluoride in our water. We do have a high incidence of kidney and liver problems in people born after 1950… Hmmm.

The pineal gland in the brain is responsible for the release of melatonin. The timed release of melatonin is critical to getting a good night’s sleep. This gland does not seem to dispel fluoride and retains higher than normal levels in the brain. Do you know people that have trouble falling or staying asleep?. What age range are they? Again… Hmmm.

Water is not the only place we get fluoride it’s in lots of things. The dentist uses it after a teeth cleaning, it is in most toothpastes as well. There are several basic types of fluoride. If you are concerned about fluoride, get to know these names so you can recognize it on labels.

  • Sodium Fluoride
  • Sodium Monofluorophosphate
  • Stannous Fluoride
  • Hydrofluosilicic Acid

Fluoride can be easily removed from water by filtering it out. There are several ways to do it the most common being Reverse Osmosis (aka, R.O.). The question remains… should it be put in our water at all, so we are forced to take it out, or would we be better served by having a devise to add it in if we wanted it? 

Here is a picture of typical home R.O. system:

Picture of an ro system

I do know that the fluoride level, measured in PPM (parts per million) was reduced at one point, so studies must have been done to determine that. Was it because potential health risks were discovered? Was it profitability… or maybe even both? Not that it really matters, but something caused the change.

 Could it be that better dental care is a better choice than drinking water? Make up your own mind… all great points to ponder!