Is fluoride really safe and effective?
That's the question that many people are asking. We have been told that fluoride is essential for good dental health but is it? There are those that say no. This may fly in the face of everything we are told but let's take a look at the other side of the story.
Fluoride used in water, toothpastes, mouthwashes, etc. is sodium fluoride. There are those that say fluoride is naturally occurring but not in this form. The chemicals used to fluoridate water are byproducts of aluminum and fertilizer manufacturing and contains toxic heavy metals that are known carcinogens. The fluoride used to fluoridate water has not been FDA approved.
Another issue some have with fluoride is that it is added to many cities drinking water. For those who wish to have fluoride in this way there is no problem but what about those who don't?
Which brings us to the next question. How much is too much? If you get fluoride from water, toothpaste, some mouthwashes, dental treatments and fluoride rinses, infant formula and even some foods then how do you know how much you are getting? An example used by http://www.nofluoride.com/ is that if a person has one Coke and cereal with milk they have went over what the American Dental Association deems a daily limit by 130%! That's not including any toothpaste, water, mouth rinse, or other food!! Too much fluoride can cause what is called fluorosis which can actually cause your bones to be weaker, including your teeth. (Not to mention a list of other health concerns like cancer and more linked to fluoride)
Here is a quote from nofluoride.com from a judge in Texas
" the artificial fluoridation of public water supplies, such as is contemplated by [Houston] City Ordinance No. 80-2530, may cause or may contribute to the cause of cancer, genetic damage, intolerant reactions, and chronic toxicity, including dental mottling, in man; that the said artificial fluoridation may aggravate malnutrition and existing illnesses in man; and that the value of said artificial fluoridation is in doubt as to the reduction of tooth decay in man." - Judge Farris
I think this is definitely a health issue that each family needs to research carefully.
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