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A 44-year-old member asked:

are toothpastes considered as drugs if they contain fluoride?

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Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
Define "drug": Sure, if we define drug as a substance that has a physiologic effect. It might not be a "controlled substance, " and unfortunately it isn't habit forming. Caffeine is a drug, so is sugar for that matter. Anything you apply internally or externally to your body will have some effect. While there are factors beyond your control, it's up to you to manage the things you can and optimize your health.
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Cosmetic Dentistry 48 years experience
Fluoride: Yes. Warnings on label about ingesting it.
Dr. Richard Scotti
Endodontics 36 years experience
Fluoride is a drug: Fluoride is a drug and is regulated by the fda that is why there is a limit as to how much Fluoride is allowed by fda regulation. Unless you are ingesting an entire tube of toothpaste, we consider it to be a safe drug when used properly.

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Does too much fluoride cause growth delay?

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Not reported: Fluoride is an essential element needed for healthy bone & teeth development.In areas where groundwater has high levels, a mottled staining of teeth is common and some bony changes are reported. Growth delay has not been a listed effect. Acute injestion ( eating multiple tubes of fluoridated toothpaste) can lead to a variety of problems including death.
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What are the proven effects of fluoride?

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See below: Prevention of cavities.
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Health and wellness: is fluoride bad for you?

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Dr. Stanley Siu
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Safe levels are ok: Epa has also set a secondary standard (smcl) for Fluoride at 2.0 mg/l or 2.0 ppm. Most dentists recommend the use of Fluoride to help keep your teeth strong, healthy & more resistant to cavities. The american dental association, epa, & the who (world health orgnanization) have determined that safe levels of Fluoride are safe.
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What is luride (fluoride)?

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Luride (fluoride): This is fluoride.
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Less cavities: Lower chance of tooth decay.

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