Fluorine
What is flourine?
Fluoride-containing compounds are used in topical and systemic fluoride therapy for preventing tooth decay. They are used for water fluoridation and in many products associated with oral hygiene.

What happens if I have a deficiency in flourine?
Without adequate fluoride, it is more likely a person will develop dental caries (tooth decay/cavity).

However, most Americans with municipal water supplies receive fluorinated water. This means that fluorine is not an important dietary consideration for most Americans.

What happens if I have excess flourine?
The primary adverse effect associated with chronic excess fluoride intake is enamel and skeletal flourosis (bone disease).

 

Source: DRI for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Fluoride (1997)

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