It had to happen. Once thought to be the bee’s knees for healthy teeth, Americans are now getting too much fluoride.
No one is quite sure why people would think that if a small amount is good, that a bigger amount is better. Take the case of fluoride in America’s water supplies. Having fluoride in the water was once touted as the be all to end all to help keep people’s teeth healthier. Now, there is too much, thanks to mouthwashes and rinses with fluoride and toothpaste and other products made with fluoride.
You would think that it might a good thing to have lots of fluoride to protect teeth. The problem is that too much fluoride is not protecting teeth. In fact, kids are developing ugly splotches on their pearly whites and developing other, more serious problems. The problem is so serious that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is going to be announcing that they will lower the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water – for the first time in over 50 years. You cannot fight scientifically backed studies.
If you do not want any fluoride in your drinking water, you can actually gain control over that by using distilled water systems. No other water filter system is more effective at removing fluoride than water distillation systems. With the wide range of fluoride-based products on the market, oversaturating your body with additional fluoride just does not make sense. Once thought a healthy thing to do, it has become overkill.
Lowering the amount of fluoride in our water will more than likely kick start yet another battle over fluoridation, despite mounting evidence that too much of a good thing is not a good thing when it comes to flouride. Yes, it is true that tooth decay had plummeted from 90 percent to 60 percent over the years since fluoride in the water became the thing to do. However, dropping the levels will not affect those numbers given the number of other products on the market for oral care that have fluoride in them.
The good news is that you do not have to drink those products either. Drinking fluoride over a long-term basis is not good for anyone’s health, but oddly, no one seems to give that much thought. While you may have healthy teeth, the rest of your body will not take too kindly to fluoride every day, as it has a cumulative effect over the years. The only way to make sure you have fresh, clean and safe water on hand is to use water distillers in your home, or go one step further and install water distillation systems at home and work.