THE FACTS ABOUT FLUORIDE

Fluoride occurs naturally in water.

  • Fluoride exists naturally in virtually all
  • Fluoride occurs naturally in the Bow and Elbow Rivers, in concentrations varying throughout the year, between 0.1 and 0.4 milligrams per litre.

 

Fluoride has been recognized as an important nutrient for healthy teeth.

  • Health Canada recommends that fluoride levels be adjusted in community water supplies to .7 milligrams per litre to protect and promote healthy teeth.
  • Fluoride is a mineral.
  • In the recommended amount, fluoride in drinking water strengthens teeth.
  • Fluoride is not a medication.
  • Fluoride is one of many examples of how various substances are enhanced to improve our health: iodine is added to salt, folic acid is added to breads and cereals, and Vitamin D is added to milk.

Fluoridation is safe and effective.

  • Health Canada states, “Community Water Fluoridation has been proven to be a safe, effective and equitable way to prevent and reduce tooth decay (including root decay) for people of all ages – from children to seniors.”

 

Fluoridation is the most cost-effective way to prevent tooth decay and build healthy communities.

  • Fluoridation saves money. A New Zealand study demonstrated that the greater population the greater the cost savings.  A Colorado study showed that fluoridation saved or an average of $60.78 per person.

 

Fluoridation is recommended by Health Canada

  • Health Canada supports Community Water Fluoridation “as an effective way to prevent tooth decay. It is universally accessible and provides benefits to all members of a community, regardless of their: age, gender, income, ethnicity, education, access to oral health services or ability to afford oral hygiene supplies.”

 

Fluoridation is recommended also by the

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Seong Eon Ha (하성언) University of Calgary Correspondence to: haseongeon@gmail.com