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Chapter 5 : Fluoride



Fluoride arrow_upward


  • Fluoride is a trace mineral that your body uses in small amounts, mostly for strong bones and teeth.
  • Fluoridated water is credited with reducing the number of cavities in the teeth of children by 50 to 60%.
  • Fluoride can also stimulate bone growth.

  • Functions of Fluoride arrow_upward


  • It is an ingredient of bones and teeth that strengthens enamel, dentine, prevents tooth decay, and decreases dentine solubility.
  • In adults it also fulfills an important role in proper skeleton performance.
  • It has an influence on calcium and phosphorus balance.
  • During pregnancy it helps in iron absorption and prevents anemia.

  • Sources of Fluoride arrow_upward


  • Sea fish and other seafood
  • Black tea
  • Walnut
  • Liver
  • Soybean
  • Milks
  • Pod vegetables
  • Mineral water

  • Daily Dose of Fluoride arrow_upward


  • Infants and children:
    • Birth to 3 years of age: 0.1 to 1.5 milligrams (mg).
    • 4 to 6 years of age: 1 to 2.5 mg.
    • 7 to 10 years of age: 1.5 to 2.5 mg.
  • Adolescents and adults:
    • 1.5 to 4 mg.

    Deficiency Symptoms of Fluoride arrow_upward


  • Even just a little over the recommended levels can cause:
    • Painful and aching bones
    • Stiffness
    • Weakness
    • Chalky white areas on the teeth
    • Brown or pitted teeth
    • Knots on the bones
    • Rapid aging
    • Increased rates of cancer
    • High death rate (up to three times higher in areas of high fluoride concentration in water supply)
    • Sagging and wrinkled skin
    • Scleroderma (hard patches of skin)

    Excessive Intake and Toxicity Symptoms arrow_upward


  • Fluoride remains in the body for a long time, because it is incorporated into the bones.
  • Large doses of fluoride are extremely poisonous.
  • Excess fluorine can also cause fluorosis, a condition that adversely affects teeth.
  • In severe cases of over-dosing, fluoride toxicity symptoms include:
    • Bone deformities


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