Too often is there a panic regarding water additives. Yes, we shouldn’t have things added to our water to benefit us – we should have the choice to add them ourselves – but do government-backed water treatment plants who are adding fluoride to a town water system have the intention of harming citizens?
Fluoride is good for teeth. This is a well-known fact. Despite there being several outlets claiming that it is poison and that it shouldn’t be in our toothpaste, fluoride is a mineral that is safe and effective at preventing tooth decay. Scientific studies show no valid indication that fluoride is the cause of kidney disease or cancer.
As fluoridation does not affect the appearance, taste or odour of water, many people are sceptical. The issue lies when TOO MUCH fluoride is added to water. Over-fluoridation can cause serious long-term issues such as skeletal fluorosis, a debilitating bone disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no distinct difference in tooth decay between developed countries that fluoridate their water and the ones that do not. The statistics are hazy as some countries – mainly European countries that forbid the addition of fluoride – that do not have fluoridated water have less teeth cavity issues than those that do simply because of public health care.
So why are the government adding things to our water supply? Don’t individuals have the right to choose their own medication? Well in most countries, fluoridation is thanks to the suggestions from dentists.
Most major toothpastes contain fluoride. You then may be using fluoridated water to wash your toothbrush. This — though in very small quantities — is causing you to automatically over-fluoridate yourself.
Fluoride does have negative effects when overused or over-added to the water supply but sugar is a lot worse. The government should not be adding fluoride to our water, but at the end of the day, it’s not going to give us cancer or any horrible diseases if it is added properly.