Fluoridated Water (Fact Sheet)

Fluoride refers to a group of aggregates composed of the instinctively produced constituent fluorine, coupled with one or more other constituents. Soil and water often harbor fluorides at different amounts. In the 1940s, oral health proponents uncovered that persons residing in areas characterized by fluoride rich drinking water systems exhibited less dental carries when compared to the ones in fluoride scarce zones. Recent investigations/research efforts in the domain have corroborated this discovery.

Dentistry specialists have also ascertained fluoride’s capability in negating tooth decay by demonstrating how the compound restrains acid producing bacteria in the oral environs, and improves the reverting process by which the tooth enamel re-builds after corrosion.

Water fluoridation

The term refers to fluoride addition into the water designated for human consumption. The most appropriate ratio to avert tooth cavity is 0.7 fluoride milligrams per liter of water.

The process was introduced in the US in 1945, with Michigan being the first state to enact the approach. By 2008, seventy percent of public water supplies in the US constituted fluoridated water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) views the undertaking as one of greatest health successes in the 20th century.





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