It has long been thought that adding fluoride to public water was a positive step that contributed to the overall health of the population. The first wide-spread additions of fluoride to drinking water began as early as 1951, and was assumed to provide strong, healthy teeth and bones.
In recent years, however, many health professionals believe that fluoride in water can have more negative side effects than positive. From issues with thyroid function to irritated bowels to studies that show lower IQ in children to increased anemia in pregnancy, fluoride may be a culprit in mild to severe health risks, which is quite the opposite of the original reasons for adding it to water supplies.
The problem lies mainly in dosage or levels of fluoride in drinking water, since it is assumed that everyone needs the same dosage of fluoride per day, no matter the age or general health of the individual. While many organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Infection and the American Dental Association still recognize the importance of water fluoridation, many studies continue to show adverse effects in young children, pregnant women and individuals who cannot tolerate fluoride.
Although it is up to each individual water supplier whether they add fluoride to water, the maximum level allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency is 4 mg/L. However, it is recommended that children nine and under should not drink water that has more than 2 mg/L of fluoride.
For individuals concerned about fluoride in drinking water, a reverse osmosis water system can eliminate fluoride and other contaminates from your drinking water supply. Softened water itself may still contain fluoride, so adding a good filtration system that fits the size and use of each property’s water system is imperative.
Contact Clearwater Systems for a FREE water analysis to determine the level of fluoride in your local water supply. Our experts can recommend that right system that fits your specific use and needs.