U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 39-year-old member asked:

if fluoride can be a problem, why is it added in our drinking water?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Ritota
Dentistry 9 years experience
Good question: Long debated topic, but in a nutshell, in very controlled doses, which it is when added to water it is very beneficial to dental health. Extremists examples are not in controlled doses where it can be a problem.
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
High Risk: Fluoride can be a prob at higher concentrations but that will not come from your water. It is added to water as a preventative measure to reduce decay rates in large populations. It is added at less than 1ppm normally which makes it so that you will not exceed your daily intake limits of fluoride. It can be a touchy subject however the fact is that Fluoride reduces decay rates-prevents cavities.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Similar questions

A 37-year-old member asked:

How is fluoride mixed into drinking water?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 13 years experience
Water-Soluble: Fluoride in the form of sodium Fluoride (naf) is a white solid that is highly soluble in water. Just toss some in and it dissolves!
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me that it is caused by an over exposure to fluoride which is in your drinking water?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Dental Fluorosis: See the following website and if you still have any questions, please post them. http://children.webmd.com/fluorosis-symptoms-causes-treatments.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me is it good drinking water with fluoride?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Not a problem: Fluoride levels in us drinking water are at a very safe level. There are no studies showing a correlation of any problem or disease associated with the usage of safe levels of Fluoride in people regardless of age. Remember even water can be deadly toxin and can, drunk in enough quantity, kill anyone.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Could it be right that fluoride in drinking water is bad for you?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Concentration: It depends on the concentration. If you are referring to the added Fluoride in the municipal drinking water that measures in at about 1 ppm, the answer is no. Naturally occurring high Fluoride concentrations can cause fluorosis, among other issues.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can you explain if it's true that fluoride in drinking water is bad for you?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. David Mjos
Dentistry 44 years experience
NO: At optimal levels, it is very useful in hardening the enamel and preventing tooth decay and causes no health issues.

Related questions

A 34-year-old member asked:
3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 46-year-old member asked:
4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
A 42-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
A 40-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
A 39-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Nov 8, 2014
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.