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Iceland's Volcano Could Pose Threat to Teeth - Damage May Increase Necessity for Discount Dental Care

By Susan Braden

fluoridated volcanic ash may increase need for discount dental work

The need for discount dental treatment appears even more pressing with the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull. Scientists are concerned that contaminated ash, now drifting into parts of Europe, can negatively affect both human and animal life. A compound known as fluoride has been found in the volcanic emission, which could contaminate the grass that many animals eat and even the water humans drink.

The Dangers of Fluoride

This compound, when consumed in moderation, is most known for being an effective prevention for cavities. Unfortunately, it is also the main cause of a disease called fluorosis. This disease afflicts children’s teeth with streaked or speckled white spots, black or brown stains, and cracking and pitting. These signs often appear after a child consumes large amounts of fluoride during their teeth-development stage. Families with this disease may want to find discount plans, because treatment for the condition can include costly procedures such as tooth whitening and tooth restoration through the use of crowns, bonding or veneers.

Fluorosis in Ireland

The ash from Iceland’s volcano may affect the country of Ireland. Robert Pocock from the Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment believes that the toxin in the volcanic ash will put children at risk for “moderate dental fluorosis.” In Ireland, only around 63% of children have normal enamel, and about 1% of children have moderate fluorosis. Another 1% of children have severe case of this condition. At one point, Ireland instituted that fluoride be added to water, and it appears the effects of this decision have not been good for children. There is now a great need for a dental discount solution in this country.

Lack of Consensus

While Thai researchers have discovered some of the risks of this chemical, other parts of Europe and even America are still convinced the compound is helpful. The EFSA (European Food and Safety Authority) has concluded that 7.2 milligrams of this substance is the maximum amount that can be safely ingested per day. However, scientists have proven that even 2-3 milligrams can affect an adult’s thyroid functions as well as inducing behavioral changes.

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With this spread of fluoride from the eruption of the Icelandic volcano, the need for discount dental coverage may increase. The child-afflicting condition of fluorosis and resulting behavioral changes may increase as well, due to this chemical.

 

 

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