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Dr. Howard Schneider
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Fluoride (Overview)

Fluoride is a mineral which is a kind of nutritional agent (nutritional or metabolic agent).


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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is fluoride water and why we should be opposed to fluoridation?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is fluoride water and why we should be opposed to fluoridation?

Different flourides: Sodium fluoride, first added to public drinking water in 1945, is now used in less than 10% of fluoridation systems nationwide, according to the center for disease control’s (cdc) 1992 fluoridation census. Instead, silicoflourides are now used to treat drinking water delivered to 140 million people. While sodium Fluoride was tested on animals and determined safe the other versions have by the epa. ...Read more

Dr. Howard Schneider
396 Doctors shared insights

Fluoride (Overview)

Fluoride is a mineral which is a kind of nutritional agent (nutritional or metabolic agent).


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Does my child need fluoride?

Yes, but how much: If Fluoride is already present in your county or city drinking water your child is likely receiving plenty of fluoride. However, if there is no Fluoride added to your water, your child may need supplementation. See your dentist or pediatrician. ...Read more

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Could you please describe fluoride water and why we should oppose to fluoridation?

Decay preventer: Drinking fluoridated water during tooth development prevents a lot of tooth decay and tooth loss. The healthier your teeth are the healthier you are overall. Dr. Charles mayo of the mayo clinic said you can expect to live 10 years longer if you have all your teeth. There is no good reason to oppose fluoridation. ...Read more

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Any ideas why the dentist prescribe fluoride for children & not adults?

Growth: I have to assume you are referring to Fluoride pills. The Fluoride in them gets into your blood stream and can end up as part of the tooth structures that are forming at that time. Adults' teeth are already formed and Fluoride tabs will have no systemic affect on them. ...Read more

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I have many crowns with varying degrees of margin edges. Would a prescribed fluoride toothpaste appear to be beneficial between perio cleaning visits?

Flouride use: If you have gum recession and have several crowns, then flouride treatment would definately help prevent future cavities from forming. Again, good hygiene and well fitted crowns are still key in long term success. ...Read more

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When can children use fluoride toothpaste?

When can children use fluoride toothpaste?

That depends: Children should not use a fluoridated toothpaste until they can reliably rinse and spit. For many children this is not until they are between 3 1/2 - 5 years of age. There are many non-fluoridated infant toothpastes that can easily be found in your pharmacy and/or supermarket. ...Read more

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Do tri-vit with fluoride 0.25 mg drops work?

Do tri-vit with fluoride 0.25 mg drops work?

Depends: This is a typical Rx for a child age 0-3 years. Pediatricians are recommending 400-600 iu's of Vit D too. ...Read more

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I need a mouth wash with some fluoride in it, which mouth wash works the best?

ADA Seal: If you are going to purchase a Fluoride mouthwash/product without a prescription, purchase one with the ada seal. By doing that you will know the product is effective. ...Read more

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Is triclosan better and safer than stannous fluoride?

Is triclosan better and safer than stannous fluoride?

Triclosan: Triclosan is actually a registered pesticide that has anti-microbial actions against bacteria. It has been found to block throid function in bull frogs and rats. It is a component of some toothpastes used for gingivitis, mouthwashes and hand soaps. The fda is unsure if it is safe for human consumption and is re-studying this matter. 2% triclosan can help tp kill a bad-actor bacteria -mrsa on skin. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to swallow fluoride at the dentist?

Is it dangerous to swallow fluoride at the dentist?

Fluoride ingestion: Small amounts of Fluoride swallowed by accident in the process of Fluoride application to your teeth is of little consequence, though it could irritate your stomach and even cause some nausea. It is best to attempt to not swallow any of it other than the little that is, of course left on your teeth upon application. ...Read more

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What are the toxic effects of fluoride on dental tissue?

What are the toxic effects of fluoride on dental tissue?

Yes in large amounts: In very large amounts Fluoride can be fatal. This is true of most products that arose very beneficial in appropriate levels. You can potentially die from drinking a tremendous amount of water! Fluoride has been shown in many studies to be a very effective product in reducing dental decay. ...Read more

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If fluoride is a deadly toxin, why is it in our drinking water?

If fluoride is a deadly toxin, why is it in our drinking water?

It is safe: Like many things (vitamin c, iron, oxygen, water), Fluoride in the correct small quanitiy is safe. It is only toxic when systemic exsposure is much higher then the recommended amount. At the correct amount Fluoride makes your tooth enamel more acid resistant and lowers tooth decay. That is why small amounts are in drinking water. In reality you need a lot over a long time to have any problems. ...Read more

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Are the side effects of fluoride similar in a way to lithium?

In a word,: No. The potential side effects of Fluoride and lithium are very different. The only similarity is that both must be ingested to cause side effects. ...Read more

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Are fluoride treatments still helpful if our water already has fluoride in it? Our dentist gave our six year old son a fluoride treatment while at his last visit, and i'd like to know if that's even helpful or beneficial when our town's water already has

Are fluoride treatments still helpful if our water already has fluoride in it? Our dentist gave our six year old son a fluoride treatment while at his last visit, and i'd like to know if that's even helpful or beneficial when our town's water already has

Yes, it is helpful: Teeth are constantly losing minerals including fluoride. The Fluoride in the water replenishes some of that but not all. The Fluoride tx in the office gives a bigger boost to the tooth's Fluoride reserve. They are designed to work together to give your son the optimal amount to keep his teeth strong. ...Read more

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1 & half yr baby has started to get teeth decay bcoz of sweeties. Fluoride toothpaste suggested by dentist but he is swallowing. What to do?

1 & half yr baby has started to get teeth decay bcoz of sweeties. Fluoride toothpaste suggested by dentist but he is swallowing. What to do?

Use a pea-sized drop: Of the toothpaste if ok'ed by pediatric dentist. Give him bottled water w/o fluoride.Wean to an open-mouthed cup with 2 handles. Limit milk/milk products to 16-21 oz./day & juice/ sweet drinks to 0-4 oz./day with meals & snacks, followed by toothbrushing. Have a consistent bedtime & routine. Read, soothe & brush his teeth. Put him in his own bed drowsy, but awake, to self-calm to fall asleep. ...Read more

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What are the risk of fluoride in my baby's water for her formula? Do u reccomend a good brand of water for my baby to mix with her formula?

What are the risk of fluoride in my baby's water for her formula? Do u reccomend a good brand of water for my baby to mix with her formula?

No risk: Fluoride in the baby's water is a great idea but your pediatrician should know the amount of Fluoride in the water in your community and whether or not the baby is using tap water or other source of bottled water which may not have Fluoride so they can advise whether a Fluoride supplement is indicated, . ...Read more

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Can you overdose on topical fluoride? If yes, what happens?

Yes, can poison you: Yes, Fluoride in any form, if ingested, can be overdosed on. If too much Fluoride is swallowed it can even cause death. It is best to always follow the written directions on the bottle or the instructions you are given by your dental care provider. ...Read more

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Does too much fluoride cause growth delay?

Does too much fluoride cause growth delay?

Maybe: The ada has warned that babies may be over exposed to Fluoride and there are some health concerns. According to the cdc, up to 30% of infants are overdosed with Fluoride via water. This can cause diverse dental problems called fluorisis. Also, in 2006, the national academy of sciences, labeled Fluoride as a" potent hormone disruptor" capable of affecting thyroid hormone and potentially growth. ...Read more

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How many ppm of fluoride is my drinking water?

Ask your Dentist: Ask your dentist or preferably a pediatric dentist. Every water supplier is different. For example philadelphia's water supply is fluoridated but the over 60 municipalities that surround the city are not. This information usually available on your water company's web site. There's more to optimally balancing Fluoride than just water supply. Talk to dentist or pediatric dental specialist. ...Read more

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What is fluoride for?

Fights decay: Fluoride is s natural mineral found in many foods and water. Tooth enamel looses minerals by the action of acids on the tooth (demineralization) resulting in decay. Fluoride helps to replace some of those minerals (remineralization). However controversy exist on the use of fluoride due to its possible toxic effects in the body. ...Read more

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What is fluoride for?

Fluoride is mineral: That is proven to protect against tooth decay. ...Read more

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What is luride (fluoride)?

What is luride (fluoride)?

Luride (fluoride) = Fluoride: Fluoride is used as a water additive to prevent tooth decay ...Read more

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Does my child need fluoride?

Yes, but how much: If Fluoride is already present in your county or city drinking water your child is likely receiving plenty of fluoride. However, if there is no Fluoride added to your water, your child may need supplementation. See your dentist or pediatrician. ...Read more

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What do you think about fluoride?

What do you think about fluoride?

Great: I was young when floride was put in the water. I drank lots of water since my grandfather told me to, pulling out his complete dentures to demonstrate the consequences of not. I ate lots of candy and junk food and have no cavities at 58. My parents and older sibs all have lots of cavities and some needed partial dentures. I would not buy toothpaste without it as my current water is without flo ...Read more

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How much fluoride is considered safe?

How much fluoride is considered safe?

In drinking water...: The World Health Organization considers 1.5 mg/l of fluoride or lower safe In drinking water. Above 1.5 mg/l dental fluorosis may occur to an objectionable degree. Concentrations between 3-6 mg/l may cause skeletal fluorosis. Above 10 mg/l can cause crippling skeletal fluorosis. Optimally fluoridated water in the USA is kept at about 0.7 mg/l and is not a problem. ...Read more

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What percentage of fluoride is unsafe?

Concentration: More than 3 parts/million can cause tooth mottling. Today we tend to place less than 1 part/million in water supplies. Result is more than 75% reduction in cavities. Costs pennies/person/year, much cheaper than just one filling. Fluoride is safe and effective at the right level. Think of it this way, too much oxygen is poisonous. Ask your dentist for guidance unique to your area. ...Read more

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What are the proven effects of fluoride?

Strengthen enamel: Every meal, most drinks, and snacks create damage via acids or bacterial acids produced by the sugar intake. This causes demineralizatoin and loss of hydroxide from hydroxyapetite weakening the tooth. Fluoride replaces the lost mineral and forms a stronger fluorapetite. Remineralizes. However too much Fluoride during tooth developement can actually cause damage to the teeth. ...Read more

Dr. Howard Schneider
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Luride (Definition)

Luride is a mineral which is a kind of nutritional agent (nutritional or metabolic agent). It is also a supplement ...Read more