Fluoride in your drinking water?

Fluoride occurs naturally in New York and is the 13th most abundant mineral in the earths crust. As such, it is frequently present in municipal water supplies and water samples taken from drilled wells. Fluoride has no taste, color or odor and thus the only way to determine its concentration is by laboratory analysis. In dug wells that are excavated into sand and gravel, the fluoride level is generally low (<0.2 mg/L) and would not be expected to exceed 2 mg/L.

Health Affects:

The biggest fluoride side effect you can expect here is the threat of fluorosis. This is a condition wherein the enamel of the tooth changes drastically because of the abundance of fluoride in the body. You won’t notice it on the teeth that are already present in your mouth. It affects the teeth that are about to grow. That is why fluorosis is considered as a medical condition that affects children.

With fluorosis, the developing teeth come out discolored, with irremovable stains of yellow and brown. No matter how many times you brush, the stains are still there. So if you’re looking for reasons to make fluoride bad for you, this is one of them.

If you just intake fluoride from toothpaste, the dangers of fluoride don’t enter your bloodstream. This sets to rest any fears of people asking, “Is fluoride toxic?” if they just get it through toothpaste. It just stays on your teeth after you spit it out. That’s where it’s supposed to be.

If you let it enter your bloodstream, your body has very little use for it and you become susceptible to fluoride side effects. Think of it as consuming pimple cream with phosphate fluoride. It’s meant for your face and not your stomach. Fortunately, your kidneys work to get rid of the fluoride danger stuck in your body. But there’s a limit to what they can do. It can get rid of about half the amount you ingest after a few days. But if you consume more fluoride than what your kidneys can take care of, that’s when the risk of fluorosis enters. There is even evidence that it can affect our thyroid gland.


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