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Fluoride in Water Systems

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Fluoride in Water Systems

Fluoride in water systems was originally introduced to prevent different types of diseases, such as cholera and diphtheria, but today research has shown that it does nothing to prevent these sicknesses.

Now, scientists have discovered that fluoride prevents tooth decay, so it is believed that by adding it to water systems it will help make teeth stronger and less decayed. There are many disadvantages with adding fluoride to water. More then just enough fluoride can be very harmful to the human body. If in a city where fluoride is added to their water system the fluoride is accidentally overdosed, the results can be cancer, liver problems or even fatal.

The reason that fluoride is not taken out of water systems today is because people's teeth have become addicted. As soon as fluoride is taken out of their water, most people would start to notice white or brown spots beginning to form on their teeth, the very common disease, Fluorisis.

Fluoride is also very toxic, and is also used as fertilizer. Chemicals used for water fluoridation are more toxic than lead and slightly less toxic than arsenic, and are sometimes used for poison to kill small rodents.

Fluoride in water is one of the most controversial water pollutants. In more than 50% of American countries fluoride is intentionally added to water supplies. Although it is possible to remove fluoride from drinking water by special filters, they are not completely accurate and can still leave traces of it in the water.

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