FLUORIDE AND FLUOROSIS: about foundation
Technical and Scientific Information on Fluorosis
For Medical Professionals
It may be confusing for a Doctor / Medical Officer to differentiate Skeletal Fluorosis from other bone diseases viz: Arthritis (joint pain); Spondylites (neck pain); Osteoporosis (atrophy of bone); Osteomalacia (due to calcium deficiency in the diet) and Other Bone diseases
It is equally true that a Doctor / Medical Officer, needs to know how to differentiate the following health complaints due to fluoride poisoning from other disorders having similar complaints.
Doctors also have a problem to diagnose Fluorosis in children.
Differentiating Fluorosis from the following diseases require knowledge and skills.
For Dental Professionals:
It is equally important to up-date Dentists and Dental Health Administrators on the harmful effects of fluoride on teeth. Dental Fluorosis occur with.
For Public Health Engineers
The Public health Engineers / Environmental Engineers / Chemical Engineers also need to be aware of the principles of water quality testing, quality control procedures to obtain reliable and reproducible results.
It is also important for them to know monitoring of water quality and what it involves for ensuring sustainability.
Defluoridation procedures, developed indigenously are alien to a large number of the Public Health Engineers / Civil and Chemical Engineers in the country, unless up-dates are conducted.