Kristen Zaier, ​​Plant-Based RD

References for all of the nutrient pages can be found at the bottom of the Nutrition Facts page. Click here.

Fluoride

How Much Fluoride Do I Need?


  • AI for Adult Females is 3 mg/d

  • AI for Adult Males is 4 mg/d

  • Upper Safe Limit for Adults is 10 mg/d


Adequate Intake (AI) is developed when there is not enough scientific data to establish a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)


Why Do I Need Fluoride?


  • Flouride plays a role in preventing tooth decay and making bones and teeth stronger


Fluoride Sources


  • Fluoride is found in small amounts in all soils and plants but our main sources of fluoride comes from fluoridated water and tea


Deficiency Symptoms


  • Susceptibility to tooth decay


Toxicity Symptoms


  • Discoloration of teeth

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

  • Chest pain


Notes


  • Many public water supplies are fluoridated

  • You can find out if your water is fluoridated by contacting your local water company

  • Some people have concerns about fluoridated water and possible cancer risks but there is no scientific data to back up these claims


Links


Please check out the video and article below from Dr. Greger regarding fluoride: