Fluoridate Texas

Fluoride for Texas

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is Fluoride?

The mineral Fluorite

A: Fluoride exists naturally in nearly all water supplies. Water is “fluoridated” when a public water system adjusts the fluoride to a level that is found to prevent tooth decay.


Q: Is fluoride safe?

A: Yes, it has been proven that fluoride is safe in the right amounts. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends that the optimal level of fluoride in public water systems should be 0.7milligrams per liter (mg/L) of water.


Q: Does fluoride prevent cavities?

A: Yes, in the right amount, it has been proven to prevent cavities. Fluoride helps prevent decay by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from bacteria and sugar in the mouth.


Q: How much will it cost to add fluoride to the water supply?

A: It is very inexpensive to add fluoride to a water supply, it costs 50 cents per person per year making it the most cost effective way for people to receive the benefit of fluoride.


Q: Do dentists and health experts support fluoride in the water supply?

A: Yes, all major dental and medical organizations support water fluoridation.


Q: Can too much fluoride cause fluorosis, which are brown spots on your teeth?

A: Yes, high levels of natural fluoride in the water can cause fluorosis. However, the occurrence of brown spot fluorosis is not common and most often can now be easily removed by a dentist or dental hygienist if it does happen.
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Q: What about fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwash?

A: Fluoride in toothpaste is beneficial, however the right amount of fluoride in the water provides the most cavity-prevention benefits.


Q: What about bottled water?

A: Most bottle water does not contain fluoride. There are many health and dental care providers that may recommend children under the age of twelve drink bottled water with fluoride. "When bottled water without fluoride is substituted for fluoridated tap water, the advantage of regular, small amounts of healing fluoride is lost and children and adults will be more prone to cavity activity on the surfaces of their teeth," Burton Edelstein, D.D.S., M.P.H.


Q: Do Reverse Osmosis systems, water filters or water softeners remove fluoride from water?

A: "Reverse osmosis systems remove fluoride from household drinking water as well as the protective effects that fluoridated water has on oral health.
Water softeners use an ion exchange resin that replaces calcium ion within hard water with a sodium ion that results in softer water. So, water softeners do not affect fluoride levels. "
-Angela Kennedy, PE, Texas Department of State Health Services, Water Fluoridation Project, Engineer

Other home water filtration systems, like Pur or Brita, do not remove fluoride or it's protective benefits from water.