Fluoride in Drinking Water
It’s common knowledge that fluoride is regularly pumped into our drinking water, with the declared reasoning behind it being ‘to improve the health of teeth’. However, as generally happens with increased intake of any non-essential mineral, there are some health concerns that can follow when consuming your daily requirement of 2-3 litres of water a day, all containing a percentage of fluoride. So, what are the issues, and why should you consider filtering your water?
Ironic that the reasoning behind adding fluoride to drinking water was for overall improvement of teeth health, but in turn, excessive fluoride ingestion can cause a condition called ‘dental fluorosis’. Dental fluorosis can lead to hyper-mineralisation of the tooth enamel, making visible white spots on your teeth. If left untreated, or if you continue to ingest fluoride, dental fluorosis can cause permanent physical damage to your pearly whites. High doses of fluoride in children before their permanent teeth come through can result permanent discolouration to their adult teeth.
Excessive ingestion of fluoride has been proven to weaken bones, weaken ligaments and cause permanent damage to the nervous system. While it can be argued that the percentage of fluoride in our drinking water is not at a toxic level, it is important to consider your own daily intake – if you use it to drink straight as well as in coffee or cordial, as well as in cooking or for preparing sauces such as gravy, you may be consuming more fluoride than first considered. Given that fluoride is a mineral, it is also likely to build up in your system over time.
In 2014, the Lancet medical journal officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin. While this has since been further studied and negated to a degree, many scientists and doctors still agree that high doses of fluoride can be linked to disorders such as ADHD, dyslexia and other cognitive disorders. It has also been argued by professionals that it is common for children with developmental regression or stunts to have more fluoride ingestion than those who do not. While these studies are still inconclusive for the time being, it is far better to be on the safe side when it comes to the health of your family.
There’s a vast range of options to choose from when it comes to filtering the fluoride from your drinking water, such as under sink filters or bench top systems – so there’s no doubt there’s a filter to suit your lifestyle and meet space limitations.