How to Remove Fluoride from Water?

The Fluoride Controversy

Want to remove fluoride from your water? For more than 70 years, fluoride has been added to America’s public water supply. Fluoridation began after scientists found that people who lived in areas where fluoride was naturally more prevalent in the water, had fewer cavities

The American Dental Association (ADA) advocates for fluoridation, arguing that it is helpful to the American Public:


Scientific research has consistently shown that an optimal level of fluoride in community water is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults.”

Is Fluoride Bad For You?

A baby drinking a bottle filled with water

Many are starting to wonder if the practice of adding fluoride water to the public water supply is not such a good idea. What started out with one water supplier adding fluoride to water in the 1940s, has increased to 67 percent of homes in America now receive fluoridated water.

Dozens of organizations are currently campaigning for the discontinuance of fluoride additive, asserting that:

  • Once added to the water supply, there is no way of controlling the dose of fluoride; it goes to everyone regardless of weight, health, age and need.
  • Fluoride is known to have toxic properties at low doses.
  • Many children already exceed the daily fluoride intake recommendations from toothpaste alone.
  • Fluoride accumulation may make bones brittle and prone to fracture.
  • Fluoride may be hurting the environment since 99% of our water supply is not used for drinking but is flushed down the drain.
  • A study in England suggests that water fluoridation may increase the risk of developing hypothyroidism, or under active thyroid. 

How to Remove Fluoride from Drinking Water

Because many children exceed their daily fluoride intake recommendations (from toothpaste alone), many households are now using water filters to remove fluoride from household drinking water. 

Why Remove Fluoride from Water

Does reverse osmosis filter fluoride? Yes! A reverse osmosis filtration system is the best solution for removing fluoride from drinking water. A Reverse Osmosis (RO) system can remove 85-92%* of fluoride in your water.

Essentially, reverse osmosis technology uses household water pressure to push tap water through the filtration process. The water passes through a semipermeable membrane, as well as additional filters such as sediment or carbon filters (many RO units incorporate a 4-stage process for optimal water quality). You can learn more about how reverse osmosis works here.

Reverse osmosis filters out fluoride and many other contaminants including: 

Is a Residential Reverse Osmosis System Big—and Expensive?

Reverse osmosis has become increasingly popular because it is safe, cost-effective, and easy to maintain. A family of four can have delicious RO-filtered water each day for just pennies per gallon. A new reverse osmosis system typically costs less than $300.

The footprint of a residential RO system is small and is typically installed under a kitchen sink. The system can also be connected to your refrigerator and ice machine.

A whole-house reverse osmosis system allows you to have filtered water at all sinks throughout the house and is generally installed in the garage of a home. But this type of system is often considered to be cost prohibitive for most homeowners due to high ongoing maintenance costs and pre-filtration requirements before water enters the RO system. We recommend a small reverse osmosis filter system installed for drinking water at kitchen sink, but using UV water filtration to filter all the water coming into your home.

ESPWaterProducts.com offers top-quality systems at affordable prices. We’ve been selling water filtration equipment for 25+ years and this longevity in the industry has led us to the very best reverse osmosis systems on the market. When you purchase from ESPWaterProducts.com, you can trust that your system will be manufactured with the highest-quality components, has an outstanding warranty, and has the very highest ratings for customer satisfaction. In addition, we make filter changes simple! We'll send you reminder emails when it's time for a filter replacement.

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