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# The success of fluoride in combating dental decay is well established

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1992 10 SECTION B 24-27

The success of fluoride in combating dental decay is well established and, without a doubt, socially beneficial. However, fluoride’s toxic properties have been known for a century. In humans excessive intake (for adults, over 4 milligrams per day) over many years can lead to skeletal fluorosis, a well-defined skeletal disorder, and in some plant species, fluoride is more toxic than ozone, sulfur dioxide, or pesticides.

Some important questions remain. For example, the precise lower limit at which the fluoride content of bone becomes toxic is still undetermined. And while fluoride intake from water and air can be evaluated relatively easily, it is much harder to estimate how much a given population ingests from foodstuffs because of the wide variations in individual eating habits and in fluoride concentrations in foodstuffs. These difficulties suggest that we should by wary of indiscriminately using fluoride, even in the form of fluoride-containing dental products.

1. ​​​​In the passage, the author is primarily concerned with

(A) analyzing and categorizing
(B) comparing and contrasting
(C) synthesizing and predicting
(D) describing and cautioning
(E) summarizing and reinterpreting

​2. ​The passage suggests that it would be easier to calculate fluoride intake from food if

(A) adequate diets were available for most people.
(B) individual eating habits were more uniform
(C) the fluoride content of food was more varied
(D) more people were aware of the fluoride content of food
(E) methods for measuring the fluoride content of food were more generally agreed on

3. ​​​​​One function of the second paragraph of the passage is to

(A) raise doubts about fluoride’s toxicity
(B) introduce the issue of fluoride’s toxicity
(C) differentiate a toxic from a nontoxic amount of fluoride
(D) indicate that necessary knowledge of fluoride remains incomplete
(E) discuss the foodstuffs that are most likely to contain significant concentrations of fluoride

4. ​​​​​​​​​The passage suggests which of the following about the effect of fluoride on humans?

(A) The effect is more easily measured than is the effect of exposure to pesticides.
(B) The effect of fluoride intake from water and air is relatively difficult to monitor.
(C) In general the effect is not likely to be as harmful as the effect of exposure to sulfur dioxide.
(D) An intake of 4 milligrams over a long period of time usually leads to a skeletal disorder in humans.
(E) An intake of slightly more than 4 milligrams for only a few months is not likely to be life-threatening.

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Para 1- success of fluoride in combating dental decay; fluoride’s toxic properties
Para 2- questions about usage; we should by wary of indiscriminately using fluoride

1. ​​​​In the passage, the author is primarily concerned with
(D) describing and cautioning - the author describes the issues related with fluoride usage and cautions at the end-"we should by wary of indiscriminately using fluoride"

​2. ​The passage suggests that it would be easier to calculate fluoride intake from food if
(B) individual eating habits were more uniform - Correct
And while fluoride intake from water and air can be evaluated relatively easily, it is much harder to estimate how much a given population ingests from foodstuffs because of the wide variations in individual eating habits and in fluoride concentrations in foodstuffs.

3. ​​​​​One function of the second paragraph of the passage is to
(D) indicate that necessary knowledge of fluoride remains incomplete- Correct, the precise lower limit at which the fluoride content of bone becomes toxic is still undetermined and estimation of fluoride intake from food.

4. ​​​​​​​​​The passage suggests which of the following about the effect of fluoride on humans?
(D) An intake of 4 milligrams over a long period of time usually leads to a skeletal disorder in humans.- incorrect, the excessive intake in over 4 mg per day not over a long period.
In humans excessive intake (for adults, over 4 milligrams per day) over many years can lead to skeletal fluorosis
(E) An intake of slightly more than 4 milligrams for only a few months is not likely to be life-threatening.- Correct
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