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Fluoridate kid drinks

Good teeth for all
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Most enlightened municipalities in the US now add small amounts of fluoride to the water. The idea is to strengthen kids teeth, and it has been very successful at preventing cavities in areas that practice it.

Unfortunately, many benighted areas refuse to adopt this practice. Also, rural kids who get water from wells get only whatever fluoride is naturally in the water.

I propose that prepackaged beverages for kids (such as Sunny Delight, Hi-C, white grape juice, etc) be fluoridated. Many kids drink more of that stuff than they do water, and these kids would get some of the benefit of fluoridated water.

bungston, Feb 23 2004

"Scientists, Flouride Loonies, and the Evidence" http://www.pcdf.org/meadows/fluoride.html
A brief essay on flouridation; both the positive and detrimental aspects. [bristolz, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Fluoride is a communist conspiracy http://en.wikipedia...iki/Dr._Strangelove
[kevindimie, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]


       I read that there is some preliminary evidence to suggest that excessive Flouride can cause damage to some part of the nervous system. Please note that it was "preliminary," and that "I read it somewhere" is not really a credible authority. If I had some time, I'd find the article, but someone else will have to. :P
Detly, Feb 23 2004

       I think that there are soft drinks and fruit drinks with flouride already on the U.S. market.
bristolz, Feb 23 2004

       [bungston] the only issue I forsee is that children love to drink soft drinks which means that regulating the amount of fluoride could prove difficult and as [detly] and [bristolz] rightly point out, too much fluoride is detrimental.   

       However, as the pressure builds on manufacturers of soft drinks to improve the health aspects of their products, I feel sure that there will be a spate of soft drinks with added Vitamins, Minerals, Fibre, Ions or bio-supplements.
jonthegeologist, Feb 23 2004

       Impurifying our precious bodily fluids again...   

       Maybe putting small amounts in something that kids generally drink relatively defined amounts of anyway ... like milk? What would fluoride do to the taste? What if cows drank fluoridated water? Would it get into their milk?
kevindimie, Feb 23 2004

       Since one of the best ways to prevent cavities is to avoid sugary drinks, the effect is more likely to be neutral or less negative, rather than positive. Also, toothpaste has fluoride in it, so if you brush your teeth regularly the fluoride you consume with tap water (or any other drink) is superfluous.
AO, Feb 23 2004

       I thought I heard someplace that in most cases bottling companies get the syrup or concetrate from out of town but mix it with local water supplies when bottling it up. Can anyone confirm this?   

       If this is true, then wouldn't soft drinks bottled in cities that have flouridated water be flouridated already?
scad mientist, Feb 23 2004

       Yah - milk! That is the answer. As re fluoride overdose, kids drinking fluoridated drinks would get no more fluoride than if they drank the same amount of tap water.   

       As re local fluoridation - it is my understanding that bottlers usually have water purification systems. This is why drinking soft drinks in South America is safe. Also a reason why Coke and Pepsi got so heavily into the bottled water market - they already had all the water purification machinery in place.
bungston, Feb 23 2004


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