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The Infamous Fluoride Debate

Ahhh… yes. The infamous fluoridation debate that has experts grappling with whether or not adding fluoride to drinking water is good or bad for consumption. In our humble opinion, the fact that this is even a controversy in and of itself deserves some attention and concern. And if you’re living without a drinking water system in your home or if yours doesn’t filter fluoride from your tap water, you’ll want to keep reading.
The largest contributor to human fluoride intake is fluoridated water supplies which is exactly why it is a controversial issue. Fluoride is the simplest anion of fluorine. Its salts and minerals are important chemical reagents and industrial chemicals, primarily used to produce hydrogen fluoride for fluorocarbons. Supporting dental health is one of the biggest advantages and reasons for adding to tap water decades ago, but others claim that we get enough fluoride from other sources to need it on our water. Do the risks and dangers of over fluoridation outweigh the benefits? Many people aren’t sure anymore.
According to a recent article from Water Technology®, anti-fluoridation efforts have been increasing throughout the U.S. in recent years. Some communities have been removing fluoride from their drinking water through water filtration equipment. Equipment can be installed in areas with fluoridated public water supply or with private wells that have naturally occurring fluoride in the water. It is important to remember, however, that not all towns or cities have this equipment.
So why should you be concerned in the first place? The most important reasons are because water fluoridation might cause serious health problems, is not effective enough to justify the costs, and has a dosage that cannot be precisely controlled throughout the water distribution system. More adverse effects come when fluoride occurs naturally above recommended concentration levels. Unfortunately, this does happen. Over fluoridation isn’t overly common in this country, but there have been some cases that resulted in illness and death.  
So what do you do if you want to avoid fluoride in your tap water but your city’s water treatment plant doesn’t include water filtration equipment to remove the fluoride? You install a home drinking water system  that can. Our water filters and other drinking water systems are capable of removing many contaminants from your drinking water without wasting too much water and too much energy. Not all water filters are capable of removing fluoride from drinking water. Proven methods include reverse osmosis, particularly at the home level.
The fluoride controversy isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. As we move forward, developed and tested water technology can control the fluoride content of the water entering their own homes and is the best solution for individuals with their family’s health in mind. Is fluoridation worth the risk? The margin between toxic and safe is too narrow. Even the safe upper limit may be toxic to human health.