The Strong Debate Over Water Fluoridation

     The addition of fluoride to public water supplies, also known as water fluoridation, is something that has been widely debated since it has begun. Added to the water in order to aide in the prevention of tooth decay, fluoride protects teeth from demineralization that is caused by natural acids produced by the mouth. However, the debate arises when several negative effects are taken into consideration.  

     Few countries fluoridate their water today. In others, high levels occur naturally, though efforts are being taken to reduce or remove the fluoride. This is due to several health complications that this potentially toxic substance can cause. However, the United States fluoridates 70% of the public water supply, meaning that about 185 million people are being exposed to health risks.

     Fluoridation is an overall poor medical practice. To begin, while all other chemicals added to water are for the improvement of the water quality and safety, fluoride is added for the purpose of medical treatment. While it’s added to prevent tooth decay, the practice is unethical and unsafe. Governments add fluoride to whole communities without citizens’ consent. Furthermore, dosage of the fluoride cannot be controlled once it’s added to the water; people who drink more water will receive greater dosages, exposing them to a greater risk of harm.

     Fluoride, while beneficial in the prevention of cavities to a certain degree, is not an essential nutrient. People can recieve their fluoride from natural sources or toothpaste. It’s time that the U.S. follows the footsteps of several other countries and begin to implement procedures to remove fluoride from public water supplies for the safety of its citizens.

     Learn more about the reasons to oppose fluoridation at http://fluoridealert.org/articles/50-reasons/


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