Fluoride in Our Water – Is It Really Necessary?

In January 2011, the Des Moines Water Works chose to reduce the amount of fluoride in our tap water by 0.3 parts per million (from 1 ppm to 0.7 ppm) following recommendations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, American Dental Association, American Water Works Association and Iowa Department of Public Health.

Fluoride is not an essential nutrient; it is a chemical which is specifically added to the water for medicinal purposes, to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride comes from erosion of natural deposits; discharge from fertilizers & aluminum factories. The same chemicals’ used to fluoridate water are essentially a hazardous by-product of the fertilizer industry.

Fluoride was once recommended as an additive to water to help prevent tooth decay. Those water fluoridation benefits have been greatly exaggerated. Studies show that there is no difference in the number of tooth decay cases from a fluoridated country to a non-fluoridated country. These studies show that cavities do not increase when fluoridation stops and that fluoridation does not prevent oral health crisis in low-income areas.


Some fluoride facts from fluoridealert.org are the following: Flouride has minimal benefit if ingested, with higher risks of damage to the body. Fluoride is no longer recommended for babies. “In November of 2006 the American Dental Association instituted an interim policy and advised that parents and caregivers using an infant formula that needs to be reconstituted should consider using water that has no or low levels of fluoride (<0.3ppm).” Breast milk has a fluoride level of .007 ppm.

Risks associated in infants (and even adults if in high enough doses) are a high risk of dental fluorosis or permanent tooth defects; damage to body cells, which include brain damage and learning deficits, are a few concerns to mention.

There is mounting evidence from studies done through NRC (National Research Council) that says fluoride can cause brain damage; fluoride can reduce thyroid functions, which, in turn can lead to loss of mental acuity, depression & weight gain. Fluoride can reduce bone strength & increase bone fracturing.

Harvard scientists have discovered a connection between fluoride ingestion and osteosarcoma (serious form of bone cancer). These scientists have also discovered people with kidney disease have a susceptibility to fluoride toxicity.

Now, how do you avoid fluoride in your drinking water? Filtration alone will not remove fluoride, however, reverse osmosis is an effective treatment process to reduce fluoride. Distilled water or a de-ionized water will ensure there is NO flouride present and that you have 100% good, pure, clean, healthy water!!

When I return, I will tell you about trihalomethanes in your water. See you next time at ‘The Water Blog’!!!

5 thoughts on “Fluoride in Our Water – Is It Really Necessary?

  1. There is a terrible history of fluoride and most people don’t really know about it. In addition to this, many dentists are coming out to say that it does nothing good for you, and really harms your teeth. I strongly encourage you to do your own research on the history of fluoride. You might find some strange and hard-to-believe things. Don’t ignore them.

    I’m not sure the FDA has approved fluoride either. Now, I don’t need a Government agency like that to tell me what I can and can’t put in my own body, I do know that most toothpastes have poison control warnings on the back if you ingest the toothpaste. The toothpaste I buy is fluoride free, thus no warnings on the back of my toothpaste. I have been avoiding fluoride for many years, and I haven’t been to the dentist in about 5 years. My teeth look great and are very healthy. (Part of my secret…I use baking soda and food grade concentrated peroxide!) Seems to me, fluoride is poison. Sodium fluoride is rat poison.

    What is also interesting is many people across the nation are filing suit against their City officials for adding fluoride to the water supply. I don’t drink the water here for that reason.

    Mark my words, there will be a giant demand for fluoride-free water soon. In some areas, it has already started. I’d like to see your company eliminate it completely. You have a good product.


    • Thank you for your comment Jeff, we agree. Des Moines Tap Water, and subsequently many of the suburbs like Ankeny, West Des Moines, Clive, Altoona, Indianola all have fluoride added to the tap water. Crystal Clear Water removes fluoride from the water because of many of the reasons you stated in your post.

  2. Just wanted to publicly thank Crystal Clear for their informed employees and decisions. We have had Crystal Clear water delivered to our family for about 17 years now, and we began mostly to reduce exposure to the hydrofluorosilicic acid added to Des Moines water. A fully functioning pineal gland is one of many benefits I’ve received from Crystal Clear. The only downside is that tap water tastes awful in comparison!

    Keep up the good fight, informed companies like yours maintain faith in humanity and helps to remind us that there are still organizations out there that really do care about the health of their customers.

    • That is great Wendy! RO (Reverse-Osmosis) will remove about 90-95% of the fluoride in water. So in Des Moines, there will still be trace amounts of fluoride present in the treated RO water. As long as some fluoride in the water is acceptable, this is a convenient way to improve your drinking water which is why we install RO systems for many customers. Crystal Clear Bottled Water will still have zero fluoride for those who want to eliminate all fluoride.

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