Whole House Water Filtration Systems and the Benefits of Community Water Fluoridation
A whole house water filtration system can be an excellent investment if your local water happens to contain problematic levels of certain impurities. Iron, sulfur, manganese, sediment, nitrates, municipally added chlorine – if present at certain levels, these and other types of impurities and additives can significantly diminish the quality of the water that your family uses on a daily basis. However, there is one impurity that you should be careful not to actively filter out, and that’s fluoride. Fluoride is a tasteless, odorless derivative of the chemical element fluorine and has long been known to help ward off tooth decay. In the 1930s, scientists discovered that fluoride helps to prevent the breakdown of tooth enamel. Numerous scientific studies have since confirmed that community water fluoridation – the controlled addition of fluoride to a community’s water supply – is a highly effective means of preventing tooth day and promoting good oral health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), water fluoridation is not just safe and effective but also a significant cost saver. Introducing fluoride into a community’s water supply ensures that its oral health benefits can be made accessible to all of the community’s residents. The CDC estimates that every $1 invested in community water fluoridation translates into approximately $38 savings in dental treatment expenditures. Water fluoridation is a significant public health achievement that benefits all people regardless of age, income, or education. Simply by drinking fluoridated water, as well as eating foods and beverages that are prepared with it, you are doing your teeth and health a favor.
For more information on investing in a whole house water filtration system, as well as guidance on those that do and do not actively filter out fluoride, contact your local authorized RainSoft dealer. RainSoft is a manufacturer of state-of-the-art water treatment products for the home.