Published: May 12, 2015

    The Facts on Fluoride

    April_Blog_Flouride_2015-4Approximately 60-70% of the US water supply includes added fluoride, a practice which began seventy years ago. The reasoning was that fluoride helps prevent tooth decay, so in theory, adding the chemical to the water supply would improve the general public’s dental health.

    Now this was seventy years ago, right smack in the middle of the Red Scare of the 1940s and 1950s, which produced some unusual claims about fluoride. Many were convinced fluoride was part of a complex communist plot to destroy the strength and intelligence of American children. Other conspiracy theories suggested the government was using fluoride to keep the population meek and submissive.

    Neither claim had any basis in fact, and quite frankly distracted from the more relevant issue: Does fluoride actually improve dental health?

    The answer seems to be no. Fluoridated communities have no better dental health than non-fluorinated communities. In other words, adding the chemical to the water supply has no effect on tooth decay incidence rates. With this in mind, many countries no longer add fluoride to water—98% of European water supplies have stopped fluorinating water altogether.

    Bear in mind as well that fluoride naturally occurs in water sources and human breast milk, although in much smaller amounts than in fluorinated communities. Natural breast milk contains approximately 0.004ppm of fluoride.

    In comparison, a baby fed formula from a fluoridated water supply receives up to 250 times more fluoride than a breast-fed baby. It’s hard to imagine Mother Nature could be that far off when it comes to an infant’s fluoride needs.

    Can exposure to excess amounts of fluoride cause health problems? So far studies haven’t proven a connection, but anecdotal evidence links fluoride to a range of health problems, including bone cancer and dementia.

    At Pelican Water, we believe truly safer, cleaner water trumps artificial attempts to improve public health. We have a whole house water filter systems to reduce fluoride from every tap and faucet in your home or our 6-stage reverse osmosis water filtration system removes 96.3% of fluoride from water, while also protecting your home from cysts, lead, arsenic, and other common water contaminants. The fluoride left in water after filtration is closer in volume to the amount naturally present in water, and far removed from the massive doses added to fluoridated water.

    Protect yourself and your family from water-borne contaminants. Call Pelican Water today to discuss our different water filtration and water softening solutions.

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