Fluoride has long been touted as beneficial in U.S. tap and drinking water, with the evidence of healthier teeth and smiles. (By comparison with teeth in European nations, U.S. teeth are much better in both health and appearance.) However, there are other issues with fluoride that cause a distant controversial schism between the benefits to one's teeth and the developmental issues it causes in infants and young children. Ask any dentist or pediatrician and they will tell you that infants and toddlers, and maybe even preschoolers, should be kept away from fluoridated tap water as a source of drinking water. Now, you have fluoride water filters for sale, so what should you believe and do? Here are your answers.
No Fluoride for Little Ones
From the moment you give birth and your baby sees a pediatrician for the first time, you are told "no tap water in formula, and no fluoridated toothpaste." Okay, so there are two reasons behind this. One, the excess fluoride on developing teeth buds and teeth can cause fluorosis, a condition that causes damage and discoloration to the teeth of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young elementary children. Two, certain developmental disorders and delays have been linked to excess consumption of fluoride in these early developing years.
As such, dentists and pediatricians are now telling parents to limit the amount of tap water young children consume, which means no tap water in bottles of formula and limited amounts of tap water to reconstitute frozen concentrated juice. Children up to age eight should not consume all of their daily water needs from the tap, either, which means you will either need to buy a lot of bottled water or you will need to filter it for them.
Buying and/or Installing Fluoride Water Filters
Fluoride water filters come in three types. The first type is already present in a pitcher filtration system. As long as you buy a filtering pitcher that specifically filters fluoride and you remember to replace the filter on time all the time, this is a perfectly acceptable and inexpensive option. The second type of filter is reverse osmosis, which is an entire system that is connected to just one faucet or your whole house. The third type is a filtration system that just pops on and off of your kitchen faucet so that you can get access to unfluoridated water whenever you need it. It also allows you to remove the faucet device to change the filter inside. For more information about a fluoride filter for your home's tap, talk to a company like The Water Exchange.