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Can Fluoride Toothpaste Cause Cancer
I use a sodium fluoride (<0.149%w/w)toothpaste 2 a day. I was told sodium fluoride is harmful. Does it really cause cancer or death if use daily? Stop?
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
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Never heard of it...: Never heard of it, but a simple test will tell you if this is the case.... If you are 24 years old but your friends tell you that you look 64.... Then you need to stop drinking fluoridated water.... And get a different toothpaste. .... ;-)). ...Read more
My doctor adivised me to use toothpaste (I have some tooth decay). How can I reduce the risk of fluoride? Can fluoride cause ulcers? Thanks.
ADA Seal: Just for your information, the criteria the ADA uses for awarding the Seal are frequently more demanding that those of the FDA. Any product with ADA SEAL is to prove safety and effectiveness of any oral product. The amount of Fluoride found in pastes is completely safe for brushing and no causing ulcers. The fluoride-free toothpaste is also available. Ask your dentist for more information. ...Read more
When can babies start using fluoride toothpaste? I remember reading that swallowing toothpaste with fluoride in it can cause an upset stomach. So, what is the right age to start using it? .
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. ...Read more
Reduces cavities: Topically applied fluoride, such as found in toothpaste, has several beneficial effects. It both makes the tooth enamel more resistant to acid and makes it easier for demineralization enamel to pick up minerals. It also helps to reduce the amount of acid the bacteria in the mouth make and interfers with the bacterias ability to stick to the teeth. All of this reduces tooth decay. ...Read more
Almost any: Really the most important thing is the mechanical motion of the tooth brush done properly and often. The tooth paste is abrasive and helps remove some of the debris but really the Fluoride is the most important component of the paste so as I tell my patients, the best toothpaste is the one with Fluoride that you use right. Don't buy too much into the whitening pastes either. ...Read more
Want cavities?: Most people try to prevent cavities and trips to the dentist. You seem to want to make yourself more cavity prone. Doesn't make sense. Fluoride can only help you in your quest to keep your teeth healthy. In the concentrations you find in these products it will not harm you. ...Read more
Resists bacteria: Fluoride has been proven to strengthen teeth to resist bacterial invasion. The concentration of Fluoride in toothpaste and in drinking water is carefully regulated and constantly being evaluated by the american dental association and the american academy of pediatric dentists to make sure that the proper levels of Fluoride are available for use. ...Read more
Use as directed: We need shampoo but we don't swallow it. Fluoride, when used as directed, hardens tooth enamel and helps prevent costly cavities. Swallowing a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste will not in any way cause harm to adults. It can damage forming teeth in small children. From 2-7 use a smear (rice sized) of toothpaste, after 7 a pea-sized portion. Ask your Dentist for advice. ...Read more
Is fluoride necessary in a toothpaste containing xylitol (emphasis here on controlling decay at margin crown edges)?
Fluoride: Fluoride has been shown to reduce decay. There are non Fluoride containing toothpastes that contain remineralizing agents (mi paste available with and without fluoride, renew) which are available from your dentist. Xylitol does help to reduce the acids that cause decay, however, Fluoride or remineralizing pastes offer additional protection. ...Read more
How much is too much fluoride for a young child? Do I need to buy the "kid" version of toothpaste, or can my 4 year old just use regular toothpaste? Do I need to worry about my child getting too much fluoride? .
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Can children have too much fluoride? My friend told me she's worried about fluorosis and excess fluoride for her children due to toothpaste and fluoride in the water. Is this a genuine concern and something I should be worried about? .
Yes children can have too much fluoride, but they may not!
here is the low done. Since it was noticed over 60 years ago that children who grow up in areas where the water is naturally fluoridated had lower rates of tooth decay, and that their teeth were resistant to decay, we have been adding Fluoride to the water supply in an attempt to replicate this effect for all children. There are all sorts of factions who argue for and against the use of fluoride, but the facts speak for themselves.
The dosage use in the water is one part per million (1ppm) and if other sources do not complicate the scenario the children should develop protection and not have the fluorosis about which you have expressed concern. Fluorosis can occur when the children have twice the dose 2ppm.
The problem with children using fluoridated toothpaste is that if they swallow it they will be getting more than the idea amount.
It is one more thing that mom's have to be concerned about but not worry about. There are some children's toothpastes that do not have Fluoride in them. I have added a link below.
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Not much: Generally swallowing small amounts of toothpaste will have no effect. Swallowing flouride alone during a flouride treatment can cause temporary nausea. ...Read more
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Non-fluoride paste: Not all commercially made toothpaste contains fluoride. Toms of maine is an example of one company that makes toothpaste both with and without fluoride. There are also several toothpastes made for infants that do not contain fluoride. Oragel tooth and gum cleanser is an example of this type of product. ...Read more