There are other water options available now which do not contain fluoride additives, including rain water, some spring waters and Nobles Pureau Pure Water â which we absolutely LOVE. It tastes like rain :-)
There are studies that reveal the harmful effects of fluoride to health, especially on children. Some of the studies are supported by the American Dental Association (ADA) that even contradicts its claim to the use of fluoride in preventing tooth cavities.
What then is the truth?
FACTS ABOUT FLUORIDE:
Â· Fluoride additives are usually one of the three listed below:
- Sodium fluoride (NaF) was the first compound used and is the reference standard. It is a white, odorless powder or crystal. It is more expensive than the other compounds, but is easily handled and is usually used by smaller utility companies.
- Fluorosilicic acid (H2SiF6) is an inexpensive liquid by-product of phosphate fertilizer manufacture. It comes in varying strengths, typically 23â25%; because it contains so much water, shipping can be expensive. It is also known as hexafluorosilicic, hexafluosilicic, hydrofluosilicic, and silicofluoric acid.
Sodium fluorosilicate (Na2SiF6) is the sodium salt of fluorosilicic acid. It is a powder or very fine crystal that is easier to ship than fluorosilicic acid. It is also known as sodium silicofluoride.
Â· Although fluoride was once considered an essential nutrient, the U.S. National Research Council has since back-tracked on this, due to the lack of studies showing that it is "essential for human growth". They do though they are still considering fluoride a "beneficial element" due to its possible positive impact on oral health.
Â· The Journal of American Dental Association in its October 2010 publication reveals that there is an âassociation between fluoride intake from infant formula and dentifrice to dental fluorosis of permanent incisorsâ. Dental Fluorosis is defined by Wikipedia as âa developmental disturbance of dental enamel caused by excessive exposure to high concentrations of fluoride during tooth developmentâ.
âMany epidemiological studies of possible adverse effects of the long-term ingestion of fluoride via drinking-water have been carried out. These studies clearly establish that fluoride primarily produces effects on skeletal tissues (bones and teeth). Low concentrations provide protection against dental cavities, especially in children. The pre- and post-eruptive protective effects of fluoride (involving the incorporation of fluoride into the matrix of the tooth during its formation, the development of shallower tooth grooves, which are consequently less prone to decay, and surface contact with enamel) increase with concentration up to about 2 mg of fluoride per litre of drinking-water; the minimum concentration of fluoride in drinking-water required to produce it is approximately 0.5 mg/litreâ
Gleaned from all those facts, it is noted that adverse effects to health were caused by excessive exposure or prolonged ingestion of fluoride from drinking water.
How much fluoride concentration is excessive?
The World Health Organization issued a guideline of 1.5 mg/L concentration of fluoride in drinking water to avoid adverse effects to health including dental fluorosis and skeletal fluorosis.
Do we know for sure that infants safe with this level of fluoride concentration in their drinks? The guideline did not categorically specify which makes it hard for us that have some concerns about fluoride and the dangers.
I know, for myself, until the science is proven beyond doubt, that Vitamin D would be my preference for my little oneâs new tooty-pegs. There are just so many claims against the use of fluoride that one cannot help but be a little confused or concerned.
From a personal point of view, members of my family lost a lot of teeth as a young people and they state emphatically that fluoride saved their teeth for longer than would have otherwise been the case. There are many who agree with this and believe fluoride to be beneficial.
Tell me, how do you feel about it?
Love and light,
The Eco Mum xo
1. The Journal of American Dental Association
2. WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality)
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