Once upon a time fluoride, a naturally occurring compound added to community drinking water was deemed "... one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century (http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/)". Scientific evidence has shown that small amounts of fluoride can fight tooth decay and protect against cavities. Individuals have a myriad of ways to get fluoride including tap water, using dental care products with the additive and even getting fluoride dental treatments straight from a dentist. That can lead to getting too much of a good thing.
Some may erroneously think that getting more fluoride is better for dental health, but the reality is too much fluoride can lead to conditions including dental fluorosis, brittle bones, stomach pains (if ingested), allergic reactions and high toxicity levels in organs like the kidneys and the brain. That is why you must take responsibility for figuring out where you (and your children's) fluoride is coming from in order to better control the amount of the compound they receive.
Pick Up The Phone
Adding fluoride to community water sources has been a recommended practice from the U.S. Public Health Service since 1951 and became commonplace during the 1960s. Estimates suggest that over 70 percent of all American citizens have access to fluoride treated water. While some areas are thinking about stopping the process (as a way to help limit levels and save money) others are just starting to add the compound. That is why individuals must call their local water department to find out what is going on with the fluoride level of their drinking water.
Ever community has their own local government and sets of rules. As a result, no two areas will have identical levels of fluoride (if any) added to their water. The current government recommendation is identical to the one implemented by U.S. Public Health Service in 1962, 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams of water per liter. When the levels were first suggested it made sense as water was the primary source for distributing fluoride, however since individuals now get fluoride from other sources, those levels may be way too high.
The Center for Disease Control and prevention recommended that if community water has more than 2 parts per million, finding a different source of water may be a wiser choice as a way to help minimize fluoride consumption. Some options may include filtering water or even switching to bottle water containing lower levels of fluoride but before making that choice, knowing exactly how your community handles the water fluoridation process is a must.