MEDICAL CORNER ….. Facts about fluoridation!

MEDICAL CORNER … Fluoridation!
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MEDICAL CORNER ..... Facts about fluoridation!

By: Douglas Main, Our Amazing Planet Staff Writer
Date: June 6, 2013 at 7:10PM

Water fluoridation is the addition of the chemical fluoride to public water supplies, for the purpose of reducing cavities.

Currently, two-thirds of Americans have fluoridated public water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those served by municipal water systems, the figure climbs to 73.9 percent.

What is fluoridation?

Fluoride is an ionic compound containing fluorine, which is the single most reactive element; it is naturally found in many rocks.

About 90 percent of the fluoride added to public water supplies comes from silicofluorides, chemicals produced mainly as byproducts from the manufacture of phosphate fertilizers, according to the CDC.

Fluoride is added to public water supplies at an average concentration of about 1 part per million (1 ppm), or slightly below. Naturally occurring fluoride concentrations in surface waters depend on location but…

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