The practice of adding fluorides to drinking water is widespread and long-standing. Most baby boomers probably never questioned this practice or the assertion that fluoridated drinking water helps to prevent the formation of dental cavities. Today, however, a growing number of people are protesting the recommendation of the World Health Organization, the US Public Health Service, and other groups to fluoridate water. This disagreement is grounded in a belief that fluorides are harmful to human safety and health. Read on to learn more about this controversial issue.
Fluorides are naturally-occurring and can be found in many drinking water sources and in foods. They are used in certain industrial processes and are also found in certain supplements, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides. Finally, fluorides are a common ingredient in many toothpastes and dental rinses.