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Fluoride in diet
Alternative namesFluoride occurs naturally in the body as calcium fluoride, found primarily in the bones and teeth.
FunctionSmall amounts of fluoride help reduce tooth decay . Fluoridation of water supplies helped reduce dental caries (cavities) in children by 50-60%. Fluorides are also involved in the maintenance of bone structure. Low doses of fluoride salts can sometimes be used, under the supervision of a doctor, for the treatment of conditions that cause accelerated bone loss, such as menopause and prolonged immobility.
Food SourcesFluoridated water and food prepared in that type of water will contain fluoride. Natural fluoride is present in the ocean as sodium fluoride, so most seafood contains some form of fluoride. Tea and gelatin also contain fluoride.
Fluoride deficiency may appear in the form of increased cavities and unstable bones and teeth.
There are no specific recommended dietary allowances for fluoride. Here are the estimated safe and adequate intake guidelines:
Update Date: 10/17/2003David Webner, M.D., Sports Medicine Fellow, Crozer-Keystone Family Practice Program, Springfield, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT