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Fluoride

Alternate Names

Sodium Fluoride, Fluorosilic Acid, Sodium Silicofluoride, Hydrofluosilic Acid

Description

Various forms of fluoride chemicals (including: sodium fluoride, sodium silicofluoride, and hydrofluosilic acid) are added to drinking water or "tap water" in much of the United States and other countries around the world. Fluoride compounds are also added to oral hygiene products such as toothpaste and mouthwash. While there are many functions of fluoride, it is used in drinking water to prevent dental cavities. Roughly 70% of the U.S. community water systems are fluoridated.

Fluoride - Quick Stats
Names

Sodium Fluoride, Fluorosilic Acid, Sodium Silicofluoride, Hydrofluosilic Acid

Allergy Information

Xylitol

Uses

Specific Use (see description)

Additional Information

While the fluoridating of U.S. water has been occurring for over 30 years, there is still debate as to the possible health effects of chronic exposure to fluoride. One of the main concerns sited are the risks associated with ingestion of fluoride as opposed to topical application. For more information surrounding the fluoridation controversy, visit The Fluoride Action Network and read 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation.



Found In

Fluoride is added directly to drinking water and oral hygiene products such as toothpaste and mouthwash. Indirect consumption can come from any foods processed or containing water such as juice, coffee, tea, beer, and infant formula.

Possible Health Effects

Excessive exposure to fluoride can effect bone density in adults. In children, excessive exposure can cause pitting in teeth as well as many other cosmetic dental effects.

Allergy Information

Unknown

In The News

May 17, 2011 - Examiner.com: Fluoride free Austin takes action against forced water fluoridation

Researcher Comments

Note that the "D" grade applies to the use of ingested fluoride only (e.g. drinking water).

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