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Are toothpastes considered as drugs if they contain fluoride?

Are toothpastes considered as drugs if they contain fluoride?

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. ...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?

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?

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

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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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Health and wellness: is fluoride bad for you?

Health and wellness: is fluoride bad for you?

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. ...Read more

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Why is fluoride an important part of our diet?

Flouride Works: There are tons of research showing the fluoride is important to strengthening the enamel of teeth. These lessens the chance of cavities. It can be added topically as in toothpastes and rinses. And it can be ingested in water and some vegetable. It is important to know that too much fluoride is also harmful to the teeth and body, especially in a young infant. See your dentist for more information. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pros and cons of fluoride?

Pros and cons: fluoride can significantly reduce cavities by 90%. Too much of this mineral might cause white spots on the teeth. ...Read more

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What are the guidelines with children and fluoride?

What are the guidelines with children and fluoride?

Small amounts good: Small amounts of topical Fluoride help make teeth stronger. Large amounts of systemic Fluoride are not healthy. The key is finding the right balance for your child depending on their age, and risk for tooth decay. Yoour child's pediatric dentist can help you decide what amount is right for your child. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is 0.21 fluoride level bad?

Hoping you can tell me, is 0.21 fluoride level bad?

In water - safe: The optimum amount of Fluoride in drinking water to protect teeth is 0.7 ppm (mg/l). This is more then 3 times the amount you are asking about. 0.21 ppm of Fluoride in food and drink is not only perfectly safe but will also protect your teeth from tooth decay. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how much fluoride can hurt someone!?

Could you tell me how much fluoride can hurt someone!?

That depends: It takes long term, excessive exposure to be a problem. Optimum amount in water is 0.7 ppm. Long term exposure above 1.5 ppm (twice normal dosage)can cause dental fluorosis in children. 3-6 ppm can cause skeletal fluorosis (sk) in children and adults. Above 10.0 ppm can cause crippling fluorosis. Only 4 cases of sk reported in the entire usa in last 60 years. You don't have to worry about this. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of fluoride?

Fluoride: In controlled dose, fluoride strengthens teeth and dramatically reduces incidence of tooth decay. Dosage must be controlled to prevent mottling of tooth enamel So talk to your Dentist about various fluoride delivery systems and levels that are appropriate for your community. Some water supplies are fluoridated, some are not. Our daughter and her daughter received fluoride, no cavities. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to overdose on topical fluoride?

Sure: Highly unlikely unless you purposely eat the gel. It would not be accidental. Estimated adult lethal dose is 5 to 10 grams of fluoride. Topical Fluoride strength is 1.23% by volume (0.0123). You would therefore have to ingest 400 to 800 grams of the gel, all at once (14 to 28 ounces). The teaspoon or so you put in your mouth during application will not harm you. ...Read more

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Can I use fluoride in the form of drops to my newly born?

Can I use fluoride in the form of drops to my newly born?

Not yet: Generally starting at the age of 6 months you can use supplemental Fluoride drops, if the public water is unfluoridated, but speak to your pediatrician for approval and recommended dosage. ...Read more

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Is it true that whoever says fluoride is good is mistaken?

Is it true that whoever says fluoride is good is mistaken?

Don't be paranoid: 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 floride. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I have fluoride in my body?

How could you not?: Fluoride at some level occurs naturally in most water supplies. Some is then incorporated into bones and teeth. ...Read more

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Are there health risks associated with ingesting fluoride?

Yes: In extreme excess it can be toxic. At many times the recommend dosage, it can discolor the teeth. Used correctly it will strengthen the teeth. ...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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What do you think about tri-vit with fluoride 0.25 mg drops?

Why?: People rarely drink water anymore. The fast majority of beverages are made in large metropolitan areas with a fluoridated water supply. It is unlikely you need a fluoride supplement. At age 40 your tooth enamel formed decades ago and dietary fluoride won't change that. HOWEVER, topical fluoride can offer some benefit. Such as in tooth paste, a mouth rinse or as your dentist gives you. ...Read more

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What do you think of this fluoride conspiracy? Anything to support it?

What do you think of this fluoride conspiracy? Anything to support it?

No, not really: Like most conspiracy theories it is based on fear mongering and twisting the real facts araound to support their own agenda. Fluoride in high quanties has several adverse health effects. In the correct small dosages it is benefical. The same is true for many substances such as oxygen, water, iron, iodine, and vitamin c. The key is to make use of it properly. ...Read more

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Fluoride has made me sick in the past, is it mandatory during every cleaning?

Fluoride: Fluoride is one of the most abundant minerals on the earth. Therefore you are exposed to this often, unless you are swallowing a large quantity it will not make you sick to the stomach. You may be sensitive to other additives in the toothpaste. You don't need fluoride. If you don't have decay you can use soap to brush your teeth that's all toothpaste is flavored soap and sand. ...Read more

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What are the health risks associated with ingesting fluoride over our lifetimes?

That depends: If you are talking about ingesting the optional/normal amount required to prevent tooth decay, than none. When used correctly Fluoride has no health risks. If you are talking 3x the normal amount or greater then there is risk of both dental and skeletal fluorosis. Despite lots of fear-mongering there are no other proven risks and those problems are easy to avoid with correct use. ...Read more

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Fluoride doesn't get given in most other countries. Are they trying to force-medicate us?

Fluoride doesn't get given in most other countries. Are they trying to force-medicate us?

No: There is a variety of reasons it is not offered in most other countries. But since it has been introduced in the us, there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of cavities. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in a lot of water, especially spring water. Fluoride is the active ingredient in toothpaste so most people are at least getting it twice a day. ...Read more

Dr. Howard Schneider
396 Doctors shared insights

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Fluoride is a mineral which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more