Water fluoridation for the purpose of preventing or reducing tooth decay is still a widely used practice in many countries. However, a number of European countries have decided to stop the fluoridation process of municipal water supplies as a result of new data suggesting that fluoride is a substance, whose presence in water is not as beneficial to dental health as believed before, and that, in fact, it may detrimental to your health if consumed in excess.
In the UK, only around 6 million people receive artificially fluoridated water, while another 500,000 people live in areas where fluoride occurs naturally in water. Given that there is no clear-cut evidence that water fluoridation prevents tooth decay and given that it’s a substance not entirely safe for consumption, discerning homeowners are looking for ways to remove fluoride from tap water.
Can you remove fluoride from tap water? Yes, there are ways to remove fluoride from tap water with the help of water filters and special filter cartridges. Currently, there are three types of methods through which this potentially toxic substance can be removed from water: reverse osmosis filtration, activated alumina filter media, and with the help of ion exchange resins or water deionisers.
Whether your main goal with installing a water filter is to target fluoride or other contaminants as well, WaterFilterShop.co.uk brings you several water filter systems and filter cartridges that are able to remove or reduce levels of fluoride from tap water.
In terms of filter cartridges that can be used to counter the effects of water fluoridation, the Activated Alumina Fluoride Reduction Filter Cartridge contains white granular media that is specially designed to reduce fluoride levels. Activated alumina (AA) is a safe, non-toxic filter media that is recognised as one of the most efficient ways to deal with the unwanted presence of fluoride in your water source. AA is also known to reduce arsenic and selenium. Another filter cartridge that you can opt for is the Doulton Fluoride Reduction Candle, which fits in standard 2 x 10 Inch filter housings and it is designed to reduce fluoride levels in drinking water to below 0.5 ppm.
If fluoride reduction is not your only concern, you may want to install an under-sink water or a whole house water filter that will also target other issues with your tap water. The Watts EZFITPRO-300 under-sink water filter as well as the EZFITPRO-400 Small Whole House Water Filter are both excellent choices when it comes to removing a wider spectrum of contaminants including chlorine, lead, insecticides, THMs, herbicides, etc.
If you would prefer a reverse osmosis system with fluoride reduction capabilities, we recommend the Ecosoft 6-Stage Non-Pumped Reverse Osmosis System with Alkaline Filter, the Pure-Pro Quick Change Pumped 6-Stage Reverse Osmosis System with Alkaline Filter or the Puricom Proline Plus 6-Stage Pumped Reverse Osmosis System with Alkaline Filter.