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Countries With Fluoride Tap Water

countries with fluoride tap water

28 Oct Countries With Fluoride Tap Water

History

A controlled experiment using fluoride was conducted in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 25th, 1945. This would be a test to see how the effects of fluoride implementation into the water supply would pan out. The results showed that there was a significant reduction in cavities. There was also a report from Canada that had shown a decrease in tooth decay. Soon, other countries also followed suit and conducted their own tests. The United States Public Health service made Fluoridation an official policy by 1951. By 1950 approximately fifty million people would consume fluoride in their water.The United States had a population of 69.2% of public water users consuming fluoridated water. This meant that 61.5% of the entire country was getting fluoride in their water, 3% receiving it naturally. Other countries decided to give it a try. New Zealand began fluoridation in 1953 and by 1968 65% of the population was using fluoridated water.

Why Fluoride?

Public water systems introduce Fluoride into the water for the sake of those who do not use it themselves. This means that children who do not have access to it still have a lower chance of cavities. This is intended as an effort to minimize the dental problems of the world. There are some arguments that it is an old policy and that it doesn’t make a difference. There are also arguments that ingesting the fluoride is terrible for your health. However, the amount dispensed is minute enough that it rarely affects your body. However, the concern of fluorosis is still a large one. This is when too much fluoride affects your bones and teeth. There is long-term damage, and it can only be hidden aesthetically. Actual solutions do not exist. There are plenty of arguments for and against the policy. In Kuopio, Finland, fluoridation was implemented and then discontinued. They had found that the dental service in their schools had provided fluoride programs which were significant enough, cavity risk was already low. In Basel, Switzerland, they had also retraced their fluoride program from the public water system. They use fluoridated salt, instead.

The Rest of the Globe

Only five percent of the planet uses fluoridated water, which estimates to around 377,655,000 million people. Most of the developed countries are on that list, just three percent implements fluoride in their water. And yet there is no discernible difference, in western countries with fluoride in their water versus without, in tooth decay. The population that drinks fluoridated water in the United States exceeds the communities in the rest of the world combined. The approximate cost per person is a little over a dollar a year. And while that might not sound like a lot, that means that the estimated value per year is a bit more than two hundred and fifteen million dollars. You can read more about fluoridated water here.

Statistics

Of the twenty five countries that introduce fluoride into their water, eleven have less than twenty percent of their population in its use: Argentina (19%), Panama (15%), Guatemala (13%), Spain (11%), the United Kingdom (11%), South Korea (6%), Papa New Guinea (6%), Vietnam (4%), Serbia (3%) and Peru (2%). Only eleven of the other countries have more than fifty percent drinking fluoridated water: Singapore (100%), Hong Kong (100%), Brunei (95%), Australia (80%), Malaysia (75%), the Irish Republic (73%), Israel (70%) ; Chile (70%), Guyana (62%), New Zealand (62%), and the United States (64%).

Does it Work?

There isn’t enough hard evidence to support one side or the other. Both teams have been known to overstate facts and understate opposition for their cause. But, the testing that has been conducted so far is either outdated or has no scientific standing by our standards today. We have to remember that when a lot of the original testing was done, science was still young. Now, we have a better understanding of how effective experiments should be conducted. We just haven’t taken the steps to apply that knowledge to fluoride and our water system.

Oral health is essential to your body and should be a priority in your daily life. Your mouth is the gateway to your body, and it can either make digestion more complicated or much more manageable. Optimal health means taking care of your teeth, as well. You want to be sure that the bacteria in your mouth is what it needs and helpful, not something that can cause you harm. Being able to chew your food properly is also a big help. You only have one digestive system, and it’s delicate, that’s why your teeth are so crucial to it. These are all things to consider when thinking about dental care. If you have more questions about your oral routine, you can start researching here. Don’t wait too long to start taking care of your teeth. The longer you wait, the harder it will be. Don’t just think about how healthy your mouth and body will feel. Also, consider how great your smile will look!