Fluoride Fun Facts

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Fluoridated water has been considered one of the greatest public heath achievements of the 20th century.

Fluoride basically has worked miracles in the oral health world and has been considered a great health care achievement. Using fluoride has been a huge factor in the sharp decline of tooth decay and other oral issues. There are a lot of facts out there about fluoride and here are some that you may or may not know:

  • Grand Rapids, Mich., was the world’s first city to adjust the level of fluoride in the water supply on January 25, 1945.
  • The average cost for a community to fluoridate water is around 50 cents per person per year for a large city, while it’s around $3 per person for a smaller community.
  • For every $1 invested in fluoridated water, it saves nearly $38 in dental treatment costs
  • In 1999, the CDC named fluoridation one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.
  • More than 405 million people and more than 60 countries have access to fluoridated water.
  • Around 50 percent of the ingested fluoride is removed from the body by the kidneys.
  • In the U.S., the natural level of fluoride in ground water varies from very low levels to over 4 ppm. The fluoride level of the oceans ranges from 1.2 to 1.4 ppm.
  • El Paso, Texas, and Jacksonville, Fla., are the only two known cities in the U.S. that are naturally fluoridated.
  • The American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates first endorsed fluoridation in 1951.
  • No court of any level has determined fluoridation to be unlawful.
  • In 1991, the ADA required fluoride toothpaste manufactures to put this on the label: “If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately”
  • In 1996, the FDA required fluoride content of bottled water to be listed on the label if only fluoride was added during processing.
  • Fluoride is present in water as ‘ions’ or electrically charged atoms.
  • You can contact your public water supply in your community to get the fluoride content. 
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