I consumed a product that had a Poison Control Warning on it for decades because it was “good” for me.

Something is peculiar with the label on my toothpaste.

toothpaste warning

Wait a minute. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately? I thought toothpaste was supposed to be good for us.What is it in toothpaste to require such a warning?

The answer is: Fluoride.

The fluoride that is put in our toothpaste to prevent our teeth from developing cavities is also poisonous to our system.  We shouldn’t swallow it.

In fact, by the late 90s, the FDA started to require that toothpaste companies show this warning on the label as it was clear that small children could be seriously injured – or even killed – by fluoride poisoning.  The “serving size” of fluoride that is being talked about here is found in a pea size amount of toothpaste, which is about a quarter milligrams of fluoride.

A quarter milligrams of fluoride can also be found in about 8 ounces of tap water.

Quarter Milligram Fluoride.

Quarter Milligram Fluoride. Do not swallow. If you do, contact Poison Control Center.

Quarter Milligram Fluoride. Do not swallow. If you do, contact Poison Control Center.

If fluoride is poisonous enough to require a warning label, why is it in our drinking water?

Fluoride is, in many districts, added artificially to the local water supply. Siliocofluorides – the chemicals used to artificially fluoridate a water supply –  are industrial wastes from phosphate mining and manufacturing, repackaged and marketed as a “public health product.”  From the government’s point of view, it was to be a cost effective mass medication to prevent tooth decay in the population. But if you look at the stats, there is no evidence that mass fluoridation has any real impact on the prevention of tooth decay. Ironically, too much fluoride in the system can actually damage the tooth enamel in children – exactly the opposite of what we want to achieve! When we get white and brown spots on our teeth it is the result of dental fluorosis which usually develops in the developing years. The only thing that can cause fluorosis is fluoride, and dental fluorosis is an indication of having had too much fluoride in our system.

Yep. Even that's what my teeth look like.

Dental Fluorosis. Yep. I too have those two white dots on my front teeth.

fluoridation chart

This chart shows that tooth decay rates are in decline equally well in fluoridated countries as in non fluoridated countries. Does this not indicate that there is no benefit to fluoridation?

Today, even the American Dental Association, who are outspoken advocates for the use of fluoride in the prevention of tooth decay, included a new study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association confirming fluoride as a toxic substance that actually destroys teeth, particularly those of developing young children and babies. The ADA  even recommends that parents do not feed their new born child with fluoridated water, even for mixing formula, because mother’s breast milk contains far less fluoride than tap water. If you must use water to mix formula, distilled water is the best way to go.

Alright, we think.  As long as we don’t swallow fluoride, we should be okay right? Not necessarily. Our oral health is a gateway to the rest of our systems in the most amazing feat of engineering: our teeth are connected to gums which are connected to blood vessels that have a remarkable ability to absorb: just one reason why flossing is so important for the prevention of heart disease and stroke. So if our own mouths are absorbing whatever is going on in our mouths, doesn’t it stand to reason that even if we DON’T swallow fluoride, our gums would STILL be absorbing these harmful chemicals into our systems? I was fortunate enough to grow up in the country where I drank pure untreated ground water. But I spent my entire life – until 1 month ago – brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and today I have white spots on my teeth.

Okay, so lets just not drink the toxic tap water and toothpaste. Lets just use bottled water and we’ll be safe right?

But once again, fluoride rears its ugly head. Many bottled waters, even sodas, juices, contain fluoridated water. Heck, even our food that’s been manufactured with fluoridated water contains it. This is another reason why the ADA cautions against the use of fluoridated water for infants because with all of the added fluoride in our everyday consumption, it’s very easy to surpass what is the “acceptable level” of fluoride in the human body (interesting fact: the lethal dose for adults is between 5 to 10 grams ).

What you can do

Home treatment systems

  • You can install either “point-of-entry” systems, which treat all the water entering the house
  • Install “point-of-use” system which treats water at  a single tap.
  • Reverse Osmosis – filters fluoride, nitrate, bacteria, pesticides, solvents, lead, among other things.
  • Distillation – boils your water into steam and then collects and condenses into a container.
  • Brush with a non-fluoride toothpaste.

Talk to your dentist

  • Ask your dentist what he or she thinks about the use of fluoride in toothpaste. Calmly ask them if they’ve seen the report on fluoridation in the National Academy of Sciences. No health care professional wants to harm his or her patients, and just because they’ve been to medical school for close to a decade, doesn’t not mean that they’ve had access to all the information out there.

Conclusion: Fluoride is toxic and needs to stay out of our bodies. It does not prevent tooth decay. It’s the action of brushing and flossing that prevents tooth decay. My own grandfather never used toothpaste in his life. His used plain water and a toothbrush and brushed his teeth twice a day. He died at the age of 82, never having had a single cavity.

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