There are many misconceptions about fluoride content in drinking water. Some people argue that it is an essential component for drinking water, while others say it is bad for consumption. To determine where you stand on this subject, it is helpful to educate yourself on fluoride first.
Continue reading to learn more about fluoride in drinking water and other possible contaminants.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring element on earth, and a chemical ion of the highly-reactive, inorganic element, fluorine. In fact, fluoride is the simplest “anion” of fluorine, an ion that has more electrons than protons, therefore giving it a negative charge. Its salts and minerals are significant chemical reagents and industrial chemicals, used mainly in the production of hydrogen fluoride for fluorocarbons.
Here are some more facts regarding both Sodium and Hydrogen fluoride:
Sodium fluoride (NaF):
Physical state – White, crystalline powder
Melting point (°C) – 993
Boiling point (°C) – 1695 at 100 kPa
Density (g/cm3) – 2.56
Water Solubility – 42 g/litre at 10 °C
Hydrogen fluoride (HF):
Physical State – Colorless liquid or gas with biting smell
Melting Point (°C) – -83
Boiling Point (°C) – 19.5
Water Solubility – Readily soluble below 20 °C
Acidity – Strong acid in liquid form, but weak in dissolved in water.
Fluoride and Tap Water
Although fluoride is found naturally in water, soil, air, minerals, and even living organisms, it is added to many municipal water supplies because its levels are not optimal to support human health. This is called water fluoridation. Not only does the addition of fluoride in drinking water safe, it leads to better dental health. Water fluoridation diminishes tooth decay by keeping teeth strong, reducing cavities, and strengthening enamel.
According to the CDC, water fluoridation, “Drinking fluoridated water keeps teeth strong and reduces cavities (also called tooth decay) by about 25% in children and adults.” Accordingly, virtually all public health, medical, and dental organizations strongly encourage community water fluoridation across the country. So is fluoride safe? Yes! And it’s beneficial for our teeth!
How to Improve Your Drinking Water
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