About Fluoride in Your Water
How does fluoride get into tap water? Fluoride can occur in drinking water naturally as a result of the geological composition of soils and bedrock. Some areas of the country have high levels of naturally-occurring fluoride, which can dissolve easily into ground water as it moves through gaps and pore spaces between rocks. Fluoride also enters drinking water in the discharge from fertilizer or aluminum factories. Fluoride can also be added to public drinking water supplies as a public health measure for reducing cavities among the treated population. Although most U.S. households are connected to a public water system, it is estimated that 14% of U.S. residents rely on private wells. The EPA suggests that all wells be tested for quality once ever three years, since influences to well water quality can change over time. Fluoride is present in virtually all waters at some level, and it is important to know the fluoride content of your water, particularly if you have children.
Unfortunately, exposure to excessive consumption of fluoride over a lifetime may lead to the increased likelihood of bone fractures in adults, and may result in effects on bones in general, leading to pain and tenderness. Children eight years and younger who are exposed to excessive amounts of fluoride have an increased chance of developing pits in their tooth enamel. Other cosmetic effects to their teeth may also take place. Some government reports suggest that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the EPA have proposed an adjustment to the recommendation for the optimal flouride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay.
Fluoride Filters & Systems
eFilter Water offers a selection of different home water filter systems that are effective in reducing fluoride from your drinking water. Distillation or reverse osmosis water filtration is recommended for reducing fluoride to below 4.0mg/L or 4.0 parts per million, which is the EPA's ceiling on fluoride in drinking water. That is four times the concentration recommended to fight cavities (0.7 to 1.2 ppm). If you need more assistance finding the right home water filtration system to reduce fluoride from your home's water supply, contact one of eFilterWater's Certified Water Specialists. They will be happy to assist you.
Sources: EPA and CDC websites
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