Research Publication Title

Determination of Fluoride Levels in Mouthwash and Tap Water

Major

Chemistry

Faculty Mentor(s)

Ronald Fietkau

Abstract

The benefits of supplemental forms of fluoride from various sources has been investigated for years. An optimal concentration of fluoride in human systems is necessary to avoid both dental caries and fluorosis. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends a range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter. This range minimizes the chance for dental fluorosis. Samples from different brands of mouthwashes and from tap water from Oconee region around Milledgeville, GA, were analyzed using ion chromatography. Mouthwash samples showed levels of fluoride consistent with those listed on the bottle by the manufacturer. Analysis of tap water samples indicated which communities have fluoridated water supplies.

Start Date

10-4-2015 11:30 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 12:15 PM

Location

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

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Determination of Fluoride Levels in Mouthwash and Tap Water

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

The benefits of supplemental forms of fluoride from various sources has been investigated for years. An optimal concentration of fluoride in human systems is necessary to avoid both dental caries and fluorosis. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends a range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter. This range minimizes the chance for dental fluorosis. Samples from different brands of mouthwashes and from tap water from Oconee region around Milledgeville, GA, were analyzed using ion chromatography. Mouthwash samples showed levels of fluoride consistent with those listed on the bottle by the manufacturer. Analysis of tap water samples indicated which communities have fluoridated water supplies.