|| FIB->Fluoridation->Health risks summary
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||Dental fluorosis is a condition characterised by
mottling, staining, pitting or erosion of the teeth. Such fluorosis can range from
mild to severe in effect, but is the first visible sign of systemic fluoride poisoning
and is irreversible. The link between fluoride ingestion and fluorosis is scientifically
established and accepted. Similarly, the link between water fluoridation and high incidences of
fluorosis is also accepted. According to the York Report in 2000, close to 50% of the population in water fluoridated areas can expect
to develop this condition to some degree.
||Skeletal fluorosis is a bone disease caused by excessive consumption of fluoride.
In the early clinical stage of skeletal fluorosis, symptoms include pains in the bones and
joints; sensations of burning, pricking, and tingling in the limbs; muscle weakness; chronic
fatigue; and gastrointestinal disorders and reduced appetite. In the second clinical stage,
pains in the bones become constant and some of the ligaments begin to calcify. Osteoporosis
may occur in the long bones, and early symptoms of osteosclerosis (a condition in which the
bones become more dense and have abnormal crystalline structure) are present. Bony spurs may
also appear on the limb bones, especially around the knee, the elbow, and on the surface of
tibia and ulna. In advanced skeletal fluorosis, called crippling skeletal fluorosis, the
extremities become weak and moving the joints is difficult. The vertebrae partially fuse
together, crippling the patient. Most experts in skeletal fluorosis agree that ingestion of
10-20 mg of fluoride a day for 20 years or more can cause crippling skeletal fluorosis.
Doses as low as 2 to 5 mg per day can cause the preclinical and earlier clinical stages.
People in Bedfordshire may be receiving the lower dosages from their total fluoride intake
dependent upon their diet.
||Individuals with Down syndrome have recognizable physical characteristics and limited intellectual endowment which
are due to the presence of an extra chromosome 21. Some studies have associated increased prevalence of this condition in
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