Would you rather have drinking water without fluoride?
We don't swallow the fluoride when we get a treatment at the dentist. Why should it be in drinking water? Is cavity protection worth the known health risks to fluoride, which some consider an industrial waste product?
It is hard to give a straight forward answer to this given the amount of information on both sides. I believe it can be dangerous in excess and that intake should be monitored to a fair extent. Most guidelines will advise 1ppm (part per million) to be the optimal level, yet I have noticed some bottled waters far exceeding this and I do my best to avoid them.
We use to give fluoride drops to our daughter when she was age 2 because the dentist recommended it, three years later he didn't recommend it for my son. My daughters teeth had some unusual white spots when she reached her teen years, from the excessive fluoride. Now the dentist says there is enough fluoride in the toothpaste we use, so I would have to say no more fluoride in drinking water, it's too much.
We don't have fluoride in our water as we have a well - and it tastes wonderful. I agree, I don't think the addition of fluoride to our municipal water supply is a good thing.
For those that want to fluoridate their water, there are self-fluoridating options available. But to fluoridate the common drinking water is a violation of rights for those not wanting it; and there are good reasons not to. Personally, the fact it may have dental advantages is completely offset by the cumulative damage it can ultimately do; and some people are a lot more sensitive to it than others.
To manipulate our drinking water is to toy with one of life's essential ingredients to good health. Just leave it alone.
I'd have to agree with parrster, self-medication is your choice, but to put it in everyone's water seems somewhat invasive. There is little to no need to ingest fluoride. It is put in most toothpastes for dental benefits, but swallowing toothpaste is obviously frowned upon. Personally I use fluoride-free toothpaste as well. It is toxic in large amounts and I have to say, my teeth are perfectly fine without it.
It's an acid based element that causes a wide range of health issues when consumed. NO GOOD AT ALL!!
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