Is it possible to determine accurate fluoride concentration in water samples using standard concentration?
Water fluoridation is an essential source that can help many communities to sustain a healthier lifestyle and save money both for families and for the US healthcare system. Drinking fluoridated water reduces the chance of developing dental caries, cavities and provides rigidity for our teeth. It is the most efficient and cost effective way to deliver fluoride to communities regardless of their demographics, social statues, age group etc… One of the main issues with water fluoridation is that not every community will receive fluoridated water. This raises the issue because lack of fluoridated water in communities can lead to many disparities (CDC 2020). Water samples were tested for different regions in the USA, primarily it was tested in the Arizona and New Mexico regions. It is said that children were less likely to have dental caries if they received fluoridated water, had mouthwash in their homes and their parents had education on fluoride. Children that come from low-income Latino families are put at disadvantage due to the fact that they live in areas that do not receive fluoridated water. The results showed that this particular area of the country does not receive the adequate amount of fluoride in their water. Following, it was concluded that fluoride is much more likely to be detected in tap water than any other source of water in this region of the country in order to sustain good oral health (Victory et al., 2017).