Fluor – An Overview

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When you hear someone mentions the name fluor, you imagine the ingredient used for baking cakes and breads. Fluor is commonly known as fluoride, a component found in toothpaste that helps prevent tooth decay. You see television commercials about white teeth and toothpaste having the component of fluoride which helps whitens teeth and keeps fresh breath. This is true but not entirely. Toothpaste does not entirely whiten your teeth but kills the bacterium formed from the residue in the teeth.

Fluor is a mineral that belongs to the group using fluxes derived from the Latin word fleure meaning to flow. In mineralogy term, it is also known as fluorspar which is the chief source of fluorine; soft mineral fluorescent to ultraviolet light. The common trait among all of them is that fluor is a component with many uses and one of them is to help prevent the build up of cavities.

  • Fluoride is not artificially created from different materials but rather from the mineral fluorine that is naturally formed from the crust of the Earth, food and water as a negative charged ion.
  • This also considered as an element that can be traced because only a few can be found inside the body which about 2.6g in the body of adults. They typically get this from the toothpaste and is only needed a few milligrams per day. Ninety five percent of the overall fluoride that is found in the body can be found in the teeth and bones.
  • Fluoride has many forms and is also known by names mostly they are very familiar if you have taken a subject related to chemistry – stannous fluoride, monofluorophosphate, sodium fluoride, and calcium fluoride. Sodium fluoride is commonly found in tap water. They are helpful in removing bacteria build up in the teeth when drank.
  • Fluoride can be found not only in treated water for drinking but also in the food that people eat such as turnip, beet greens, carrots, sunflower seeds, dandelion, spinach, garlic, and nuts, particularly almonds.
  • There are also toxic sources with fluoride and are not good for the body when the amount taken exceeded more than what is required.
  • Toothpaste has high level fluoride content. They can also be added to soil as fertilizers and are also found in oats and seafood.

Since fluor, with its many names, is a good source for preventing cavities that is why they are added to toothpaste. It was a research study by many scientists and the promotion of adding fluoride in the toothpaste was upheld in the year 1997. Since then, TV commercials about toothpaste emphasizes that it can whiten their teeth because of the fluoride content.


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