Fluorine is found in most plants and animals at trace levels. Fluorine is important in ensuring healthy bones, although deficiencies are thought to be rare. Most domestic water supplies are treated with fluoride, to reduce tooth decay.
Fluorine is important in many bodily processes, and it may help to prevent heart disease, though it should not be taken as a supplement except in areas where water is not treated with fluoride, because in excess it can reduce bone density and can cause tooth enamel damage.
Deficiencies may cause infertility or anaemia. Other effects may include tooth decay or osteoporosis.
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Fluorine is important in the manufacture of teeth and bones. Prevents tooth decay and osteoporosis.
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