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Fluoride or Not to Fluoride

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
FluorideOne of the most intriguing questions about oral health is regarding the use of fluoride.

Fluorides are compounds that combine the element fluorine with another substance. Some fluorides occur naturally in soil, air, or water, although the levels of fluoride can vary widely. Just about all water has some fluoride and, once ingested, fluorides are absorbed into the blood through the digestive tract. They travel through blood and tend to collect in areas high in calcium, such as the bones and teeth.

For decades, fluoride has been used to improve dental health based on evidence that toothpastes which contain fluoride can reduce cavities up to 30%. Additionally, after scientists noted that people living in areas with higher water fluoride levels had fewer cavities, water fluoridation began in the United States in 1945. By 1962, the United States Public Health Service (PHS) recommended that public water supplies contain fluoride to help prevent tooth decay.

However, possible health effects of drinking water with fluoride has been a cause for concern, particularly the possible link between water fluoridation and cancer. Most of the concern about cancer seems to be around osteosarcoma as fluoride tends to collect in parts of bones where they are growing, causing the cells in the growth plate to grow faster, which might make them more likely to eventually become cancerous. In addition, studies have found that fluoride ingestion harmed children’s cognitive abilities and development as well as may interfere with the functions of the brain and the body.

The major sources of fluoride for most people are water and fluoride-containing dental products such as toothpastes and mouth rinses. These dental products are generally not swallowed which may cause less concern for possible health issues but children might be at risk since they may ingest a significant amount. Fluoride-free toothpaste for children is the best way to prevent any issues.

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3 Responses to “Fluoride or Not to Fluoride”

  1. Dan Germouse says:

    I have asked many forced-fluoridation fanatics to tell me how much accumulated fluoride in the body they think is safe. So far not a single one of them has been able to answer the question.

  2. jason says:

    Thank you for writing about a topic that I feel is very important and has both good and bad on both sides of the issue. I feel that Fluoride should not be in the drinking water and that each home should have the choice of it being there or not. I really like that you put up both sides of the argument and didn’t lean either way! Good job………..

    Thx Jason

  3. joy says:

    This “practice” of fluoridation has gone on FAR TOO LONG…it’s got to end and there are many anti F groups in the U.S. working toward this end.

    This started as Alcoa getting rid of waste with the support of the Mellons in Pittsburgh PA and it’s gone on and on and it’s got to be stopped… many dangers of this “F” build up in the body.

    98% of Europe does not fluoridate and it’s got to be stopped in the U.S. Our city started this nasty in 2009 and our city spends over $100,000 annually on this waste that now comes from China….I’ve studied this issue for over 20 yrs.

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