Fluoride Essay

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Visiting a dentist, in most cases, is not exactly an event that someone looks forward to. Oral hygiene is important in making sure that no problems arise for teeth, however, and the issue of unhealthy teeth has been combatted by advertisements, and more recently, the additive of fluoride into tap water. Fluoride has been important in the process of improving the dental health of Americans; after the addition of fluoride into tap water, tooth decay decreased drastically among Americans and most significantly among young children. It’s argued, however, that fluoride is dangerous, not required, and a violation of someone 's rights by being added to water. In reality, fluoride is a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay by being added to …show more content…
This statement assumes that enough fluoride is added to water to harm whomever is drinking it; the actual amount of fluoride in drinking water is in the range of 0.7 to 1.2 parts per million. To help visualize that amount, just one part per million is one minute out of two years. For fluoride to be harmful to humans, someone would have to ingest 5 to 10 grams in the same sitting, the same as needing to drink more than 10,000 glasses of tap water at the same time, which is physically impossible. In fact, the human stomach can only hold about 34 ounces at it’s capacity, not close to the 80,000 ounces of tap water someone would need to ingest to die. Before getting close to being harmed by fluoride, water intoxication would potentially kill the individual. Not enough fluoride is added to have chronic effects too. Chronic fluoride toxicity occurs after being exposed to fluoride for long periods of times, developing after 10 years. Nevertheless, the amount added to fluoride is not enough to develop chronic fluoride toxicity. Therefore, the amount of fluoride added to water has no ill effects on …show more content…
This claim has never help up in a court of law; in fact, the courts believe that fluoridation is good for public health and welfare, “Fluoridation is viewed by the courts a s a proper means of furthering public health and welfare.” Never has a court ruled fluoridation to be illegal or unethical, and more than a dozen states have approved fluoridation, believing that it’s constitutional. In the U.S. Supreme Court, review of fluoridation has been rejected thirteen times, as it was felt that no constitutional questions were presented. If fluoridation were truly unlawful, then a court within the United States would have ruled it to be. Individuals are not forced to drink tap water which is fluoridated, other sources of water are readily available for consumption. Moreover, claims that it’s a medication being forced upon individuals is also false, as fluoride is a nutrient which naturally occurs in the

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