Fluoride in Water


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Fluoride

Low levels of fluoride in drinking water (0.5 to 1 mg/l) protect against dental caries
High levels of fluoride in drinking water (above 1.5 mg/l) will lead to adverse health impacts ranging from dental fluorosis to skeletal fluorosis
Fluoride levels in water beyond desirable / permissible limits is typically found in groundwater and not surface water

Other symptoms

Fatigue
Low hemoglobin count
Irritation
Loss of appetite
Excessive thirst and urination
Miscarriage
Inability to conceive due to defective sperm
Depression

Impacts of skeletal fluorosis

Loss of livelihood since affected persons cannot work
Loss of income
High medical costs
Poverty
Social outcasts since facilities for the handicapped are lacking in India