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A 49-year-old member asked:

Why is fluoride toothpaste safe while fluorinated water is not?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Both are safe: Don't know what you've read or heard, but both will help prevent tooth decay.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Wrong statement: Fluoride toothpaste and water is the most widely used and rigorously evaluated for safety. It is well known that fluoride helps prevent and even reverse the early stages of tooth decay.

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Fluoride in water, toothpaste, is this safe?

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Dr. John Francis
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Yes: At controlled levels, very safe. Fluoride in the water has drastically reduced the number of cavities in growing children over the years. And if you brush and spit out, then fluoridated toothpaste is very effective and safe as well.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Ask your Dentist. If you live in a high fluoride area, such as the Rockies, you may not need supplemental fluoride as in toothpaste. Your Dentist will help you balance the fluoride intake best for you.
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Yes, definitely: Yes, water fluoridation has been one of the greatest advances in health care in the 20th century. It has been proven time and time again that Fluoride makes enamel stronger and reduces tooth decay and has no detrimental side effects. Fluoride occurs naturally in the earth and ground water all over the world, so humans and animals have been consuming it with no harmful side effects forever.

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