Fluoride is added to 10% of water supplies across the UK in aim to help improve oral health. Yet due to some recent health concerns there are some that suggest we should remove the chemical from our water altogether. In this article we explore the reasons why some water utility companies add fluoride to our water supplies, as well as explaining how, at certain levels, fluoride may be harmful our health.
Used as an oral health aid, artificially fluoridated water is supplied to around 10% of the population in the UK. the nationally recoginised recommended level of flouride concetrate is at 1 ppm.
Whilst fluoride is universally regarded as great for oral health, helping prevent teeth cavities, there still remains controversy about whether directly ingesting the substance is harmful to our overall health.
Fluoride in its natural form is not harmful to your health. However artificial fluoride, which is added to water, can in very rare occasions contain by-product substances such as fluorosilicic acid, sodium silicofluoride and sodium fluoride. It is these that can be detrimental to your overall well-being and cause the most common side affect of excess fluoride consumption; dental fluorosis and the pitting (staining) of your teeth.
Whilst some chemicals can be removed through filtration systems and jugs, fluoride proves to be a more difficult chemical to remove and is only achieved using specialised filters and Reverse Osmosis systems.
Because of this, if you have any questions about the amount of fluoride that is within your tap water the best course of action should be to contact your local water supplier or a local plumber.