The message claims that most toothpastes available today contain Fluoride which is supposed to prevent tooth decay, but is a dangerous chemical that can lead to several health issues in children and adults as well. The story is a mixture of hoax and facts however.
Fluoride is a chemical ion of the element fluorine and is found naturally in water, foods, soil, and several minerals like fluorite and fluorapatite. It can also be synthesized in laboratories where it may be added to drinking water or can also be used in a variety of chemical products like toothpastes. It is also available in other food items like meat, fish, eggs, and tea leaves, and when they are consumed, the fluoride enters our bloodstream and is eventually absorbed by our teeth and bones.
Fluoride, in limited quantities, is important for eroded tooth enamel and damaged teeth as it helps in remineralization. It strengthens your teeth and prevents cavities. Adults need fluoride to protect their teeth against tooth decay, and children need fluoride to protect their permanent teeth as they are forming. There are scientific evidences to prove the same. Therefore, fluoride is considered to be safe and effective when used in proper amounts, but it is also a fact that excess intake of fluoride over extended period of time can have damaging effects.
Dental fluorosis is a discoloration of tooth enamel that can occur if a person is exposed to too much fluoride. Extended exposure to high fluoride levels can also lead to bone weakening, gastric problems, allergic reactions and skeletal fluorosis, symptoms being joint stiffness and pain. Even death can result if someone consumes too much fluoride, like when small children consume an entire tube of tooth paste.
Symptoms of such incidents will include nausea, vomiting blood, diarrhea, stomach pain, salivation, watery eyes, general weakness, shallow breathing, tiredness, faintness and convulsions. The toxicity arises when fluoride anion combines with the calcium ions in our blood to form insoluble calcium fluoride, resulting in hypocalcemia; since calcium is indispensable for the function of the nervous system, this condition can in fact be fatal.
It is a fact that few toothpastes in the past have been using fluoride in excess amounts, but most of the standard ones today only use permissible amounts of fluoride, which is not more than 1000ppm, for general usage. The U.S. FDA did not regard fluoride in toothpaste as a potential toxic drug as such, but has in fact imposed companies to lay down the warnings of possible dangers on toothpastes. The Colgate-Palmolive toothpaste, which is popularly claimed of this danger, of course manufactures fluoridated toothpaste, but only contains 1000ppm of fluoride, and also mentions safety instructions clearly on their package.
• Children under 6 years of age should have adult supervision and use only a pea sized amount.
• Do not swallow.
The conclusion is that toothpastes should be kept out of reach of children as they can easily swallow it, and make sure not to give them more than pea sized serving at a time. In case of adults, it is recommended to follow the advise of professional dentists and check for properly labeled toothpastes with safe levels of fluoride content. If you are in fluoride affected areas, and worried about its content, then you can use fluoride free toothpastes available in the market; like the ones listed here.
A healthy alternative to these regular toothpastes is using Ayurvedic ones that are not only fluoride free, but also have various health benefits. Dabur Red and Vicco Vajradanti are couple of fluoride free Ayurvedic toothpastes.
****My opinion …. I’d rather be safe than sorry where my family’s and my health are concerned!!
Published on Jul 21, 2013
Thumbs up to NON fluoride toothpaste, water etc… is fluoride toothpaste dangerous?
“May Be Harmful if Swallowed” is a label warning about dangers from fluoride poisoning when brushing your teeth.
There are toxins in most ‘commercial’ toothpaste brands which with longterm usage, these chemicals can be easily absorbed through the delicate skin in the mouth and can build up in the body.
When it comes to toothpaste brands, “toothpaste manufacturers” are no different than the rest of the companies who care nothing more than to “cash in” on consumer ignorance.
Ever read the label on your toothpaste? Does warn you “May Be Harmful if Swallowed”? Toothpaste is not intended to be swallowed, but they claim it generally not very harmful if accidentally swallowed in small amounts; however, one should seek medical attention after swallowing toothpaste containing fluoride.
We ALL are ONE!!! Be proactive for health!!