Part of the synthetic compound sodium fluoride (the type added to drinking water) and calcium fluoride (a natural substance).
Decreases chances of dental caries, though too much can discolor teeth.
No RDA has been established, but most people get about 1 mg. daily from fluoridated drinking water. (1.5—4 mg. is suggested by the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council.)
What it can do for you:
- Reduce tooth decay.
- Strengthen bones.
Best Natural Source:
- Fluoridated drinking water
Not ordinary found in multi-mineral supplements.
Available in prescription multivitamins for children in areas without fluoridated water.
20 to 80 mg. per day.
Don’t take additional fluoride unless it is prescribed by a physician or dentist.
The fluoride content of food is increased significantly if it’s cooked in fluoridate water or a Teflon-treated utensil.