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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