Water fluoridation of community supplies has been the American norm since the 1960s as the additive was found to reduce tooth decay. That trend is changing across the country, as more towns are opting to skip adding the dental health compound as a way to keep budgets on point and to minimize the risk of their citizens ingesting too much of the substance.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been scientifically proven to stave off tooth decay and prevent cavities. Approximately 75 percent of all Americans drink from community water supplies with the added benefit. According to the New York Times, that trend is changing as communities are tightening their purse strings and a general "distrust of government" is forcing the issue (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/14/us/more-places-change-course-on-fluoride-in-water.html?_r=1&;;scp=1p;;sq=dental%20health;st=cse).
Water Fluoridation, No Longer Chic
Once upon a time, water fluoridation, the act of adding 0.7 to 1.2 mg of fluoride per liter of public water was considered to be one of the greatest health advancements of the 20th century by The U.S. Centers for Disease Control. However, as time has evolved about 40 percent children (age 12 to 15) have ended up with teeth stained by dental fluorosis and the government has officially issued warnings about the tactic and are even working towards adding less fluoride to water. Local communities are paving the way for the anti-fluoridation movement.
The Times has indicated that over the past four years, more than 200 communities have stopped adding fluoride to their water sources. The action has occurred in various areas in Florida, Georgia and Alaska, and the move is being prompted both by the new government view on the subject and the potential savings the move can generate.
Water Not Only Source of Fluoride
When the process of water fluoridation first began, there was no arguing that many children experienced a boost from the additive. The liquid was the primary source of the cavity fighting agent for many years, but that evolved over time has more foods, beverages and dental care products were tweaked to include the dental health booster.
Now fluoride is added to a multitude of consumer products and that has increased the consumption level of the average American citizen. Dentists recommended that their patients brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste as that is a common and affordable source for the dental hygiene booster. The compound is also present in a multitude of items including fruit juice, infant formula, soda, tea, alcohol, cigarettes, processed meats and even cookware. Those sources combined with the fluoride in public water may force individuals to ingest too much of the stuff and that is the main reason that the governments opinion on the matter is slowly changing.