What does it do?
Well, it's a mineral probably best known for preventing tooth decay because it helps to harden tooth enamel.
It stimulates new bone formation throughout the life cycle, thus offering some protection from developing osteoporosis.
What are the best food sources?
Very few foods actually.
Exceptions would be fluoridated water, beverages and infant formulas made with fluoridated water, and some marine fish.
What happens if you don’t get enough?
Inadequate intake result in an increased risk of tooth decay.
Symptoms may include visible pits or holes on the teeth and toothaches.
Infants and children who live in areas with non-fluoridated water may be at risk for a deficiency in this mineral.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend supplements for these children.
What happens if you get too much fluoride?
This particular mineral nutrient is toxic when consumed in excessive amounts.
Be aware that large doses consumed at one time could result in nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting.
Long-term excessive intake can result in fluorosis, of which there are two types: enamel fluorosis or mild to extreme skeletal fluorosis.
Enamel fluorosis is characterized by brown stains and pitting of the teeth in children and is the result of excessive intake prior to the eruption of the first permanent teeth.
Mild to extreme skeletal fluorosis is rare in the United States, as only five cases have been confirmed since the mid-1960s.
This condition can begin with pain and stiffness of the joints in its mild form and develops into crippling calcification of ligaments, muscle wasting, neurological problems, immobility and possibly osteoporosis.
If your community water supply is fluoridated, you may wonder, is it safe?
Critics claim fluoridated water is unsafe, can possibly cause cancer and is ineffective in preventing tooth decay.
However, a critical analysis of the science conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2001 and endorsed by the American Dental Association concluded, “When used appropriately, it's a safe and effective agent that can be used to prevent and control dental issues.
Fluoride has contributed profoundly to the improved dental health of persons in the United States and other countries.
To ensure additional gains in oral health, water fluoridation should be extended to additional communities, and fluoridated toothpaste should be used widely.
Additionally, the American Cancer Society "asserts" there is no strong evidence for a link between cancer and fluoride in our water.
For your "free" report on "The Healing Power of Water", click on the accompanying link.
Physicians rarely promote the curative properties of H2O, but one Doctor has studied water's effect on the human body and has found it to be one of the best pain relievers and preventative therapies in existence.
In this fascinating report, he shares:
• Which common ailments and "diseases" are actually caused by dehydration
• Why many doctors use water-regulating antihistamines to alleviate pain
• How a Dr., unintentionally discovered water's healing properties
• Why most people are chronically dehydrated and suffer from symptoms of dehydration that are labeled "diseases"
• Which ingredients in soft drinks deplete the body's water reserves
• Why thirst is not a reliable indicator of dehydration
• Why the body produces cholesterol and how water keeps it in balance
• Why this Dr., believes the public is being mislead about AIDS
• How dehydration impairs mental functioning
• Why some organizations want to withhold alternative health information from the public
• How lack of water causes depression
• Why popular beverages are no substitute for water
• How dehydration causes the vascular system to constrict, leading to hypertension
• How to recognize signs that your body is starting to dehydrate
• Why restaurants push you to drink disease-promoting soft drinks
• Why and how water effectively treats pain and inflammation
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