This is a follow up post to my guide on fluoride toothpaste; that post was generally supportive of the use of using a fluoride toothpaste. However that does mean I don’t have reservations about the use of fluoride in dental products, I do have reservations; and lots of them.
There’s no doubt about it, fluoride should not be ingested. For a good reason, on the tube of fluoride toothpaste you purchase, it says something equivalent to “do not swallow” and if you do swallow, consult your dentist or doctor.
Yes the wording is different on various brands and in different countries but each tube of fluoride toothpaste conveys the same message and that is – swallowing fluoride can make you ill.
In fact in the USA you are advised to contact the Poison Control Center – no kidding! Now a warning like certainly gets me thinking – everyday, twice a day, I use a toothpaste that contain fluoride. Now I must surely swallow some fluoride but how much is too much? I certainly don’t feel ill after brushing my teeth but what about the long term effects?
I live in an area where the water is not fluoridated so maybe I am OK with my fluoride intake but I can certainly understand the concerns many people have. When you consider fluoride first appeared in toothpaste over 100 years ago (January 1914) it’s hard to believe the arguments still rage about whether fluoride is a safe ingredient to be using in toothpaste.
Public concerns about Fluoride intake
- Fluoride is linked with many health issues
- Studies have repeatedly linked fluoride to reduced IQ and brain damage
- You live in an area that has a fluoridated water supply
In light of the above concerns it really is no wonder many people are looking for fluoride free dental products; especially toothpaste.