Food and water naturally contain fluoride, which comes with numerous health benefits. While it is responsible for maintaining bone density, it is far more popular for preventing teeth from decaying.

It is a prime ingredient in dental products and even in local water supplies so that everyone can benefit from it. Fluoride is important to maintain the hardness and integrity of the enamel.

However, there are many speculations with regard to fluoride and its use. Most of these misconceptions associate the use of fluoride with negative effects. Sure, most of the information available on the Internet is far from fact. Nonetheless, myths surrounding the use of fluoride have managed to cause uncertainty amongst the masses. As a result, they are doubtful with respect to their effectiveness as well as safety.

This article will help clear up some of those doubts by busting myths about fluoride so that people can make an informed decision.

Let’s get started.

Myth 1: People end up with fluorosis when they consume fluoridated water.

Fact: While it is not completely false, it is not completely true either.  To put things in perspective, consuming fluoridated water can cause fluorosis. In the US, the water supply contains regulated amounts of fluoride. There are very minimal chances of suffering from fluorosis by consuming water containing minimal amounts of fluoride. When consumption levels are moderate, there is nothing to worry about.

Myth 2: It is quite heavy on the pocket to fluoridate water.

Fact: Well, in this case, the opposite is true. When it comes to preventing tooth decay, the most inexpensive way is to add fluoride to the water. It is way cheaper than treating tooth decay.

Myth 3: Consumption of fluoridated water can result in cancer

Fact: Not at all! Several studies have endorsed that it is safe to consume fluoridated and that they neither cause nor increase the risk of developing cancer. In fact, it does not even cause other medical problems, including diabetes or kidney issues. In addition to this, the American Academy of Family Physicians has endorsed it as absolutely safe to consume.

Myth 4: Since Europe stands against using fluoridated water, the US should stop using it too

Fact: Water fluoridation systems are very much a common sight in Europe. When it comes to Europe and Latin America, they are inclined towards the salt fluoridation method.

Conclusion

We hope this article proves to be enlightening for you.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. 

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