Fluoride is a chemical compound found in many liquid products like toothpaste, mouthwash, and water. Too much fluoride is not healthy for your body, there is a chance it will cause many problems like:
- Dental fluorosis: Exposure to high amounts of fluoride during childhood, when teeth are developing, can result in mild dental fluorosis. There will be tiny white streaks or spots in the enamel of the tooth. This will not have any health consequences but will leave a mark.
- Skeletal fluorosis: Excess exposure to fluoride can lead to a bone disease known as skeletal fluorosis. Over many years, this can result in pain and damage to bones and joints. Your bones may become hardened and less elastic, increasing the risk of getting fractures. If the bones thicken and bone tissue accumulates, this can contribute towards impaired joint mobility.
- Thyroid problems: In some cases, excess fluoride can damage the parathyroid gland. This can result in hyperparathyroidism, which involves uncontrolled secretion of parathyroid hormones. This can result in a depletion of calcium in bone structures and higher-than-normal concentrations of calcium in your blood.
Fluoride can be found in water too which makes it important for us to filter the water you and your family drink. Many water filter products will help remove the fluoride from the water you drink causing the listed problems not to happen.