) and used in a wide variety of industrially important compounds.
Atomic number 9; atomic weight 18.9984; melting point −219.67°C; boiling point −188.12°C; specific gravity of liquid 1.50 (at boiling point); valence 1.
Recent evidence suggests it is not as effective in preventing tooth decay as was originally thought.
In fact, it is believed fluoride treatment has the capacity to cause dental disease.
Drawing upon mortuary and skeletal data, in this paper we explore the reliability and the suitability of fl uoride dating method to Neolithic Near East villages in general and the Neolithic site of Tell Halula in speci fi c.
So could adding fluoride to drinking water be doing us more harm than good?
But new research from the University of Kent suggests that there is a spike in the number of cases of underactive thyroid in high fluoride areas such as the West Midlands and the North East of England.
Lead author Professor Stephen Peckham, Centre for Health Service Studies, said: “I think it is concerning for people living in those areas.
Disen- tangling these patterns, however, requires a detailed understanding of the chronological placement of burials and houses.
Used in conjunction with radiocarbon dating, fl uoride dating at Tell Halula has the potential to develop a more detailed understanding of the phasing of individual households.