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Why Does Toothpaste, Not Fluoridated Water Carry A Warning?

Why Does Toothpaste, Not Fluoridated Water Carry A Warning


One of the first things to look at is a tube of toothpaste clearly carries the warning: "Do not swallow," and "in case of accidental ingestion, contact the poison control center."

The amount of fluoride they're talking about is a quarter milligram of fluoride, contained in a pea size amount of toothpaste.

But here is the kicker, This is the same amount of fluoride you find in 8 oz of water. Yet toothpaste carries a "Do not swallow" warning, whereas you're typically told to drink eight 8oz glasses of water each day, without any concern for the amount of fluoride you will ingest. Commercial Toothpaste also contains toxic formaldehyde as a filler which is used as embalming fluid! I recommend using Natural Toothpaste for all your family.

Even some dentists are up in arms about the overuse of fluoride. Dr. Osmunson, for instance, is mainly concerned about water fluoridation for infants. The American Dental Association (ADA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that infants NOT receive fluoridated water for drinking, nor for making their formula, as fluoridated water contains 250 times more fluoride than mother's milk.

"We shouldn't fluoridate water and harm our most vulnerable," he says.

Personally, I also strongly advise you do not give your children fluoridated water.

Unfortunately, the only way to ensure your water is pure enough to drink is by installing a good water filtration system in your house, such as a reverse osmosis filter that can filter out fluoride and other dangerous water contaminants like disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Bottled water also typically contains fluoride, even though it's not stated on the label.

Dental Fluorosis – A Clear Sign of Excessive Fluoride Intake

The next thing Dr. Osmunson looked at was dental fluorosis. These are the white and brown spots on your teeth. The only thing that causes dental fluorosis is fluoride – typically due to ingesting too much fluoride during your developing years, from birth to about 8 years of age. According to the CDC, about one third of children and adolescents 6 to 19 years have enamel fluorosis on their teeth.

When dental fluorosis occurs, it can be an indication that the rest of your body has been exposed to too much fluoride also, such as your bones and the rest of your organs, including your brain.

So, are there actual benefits of water fluoridation?

Depending on the source, water fluoridation has been said to reduce tooth decay by anywhere from 20 to 80 percent. But when you compare the statistics between different countries, you see that no matter whether they fluoridate their water or not, tooth decay has steadily been reduced by the same amount.

Likewise, when you compare states in the U.S., you find that increased amounts of fluoride in the drinking water make no difference. We have the same amount of good healthy teeth, regardless of water fluoridation.

So, if there's no benefit, WHY are we fluoridating?

Why Do We Fluoridate Drinking Water if It's Not Healthy?

The evidence points to it being little more than a well-orchestrated PR stunt to aid an industry in trouble – a fascinating story in and of itself, as described so well in Christopher Bryson's book The Fluoride Deception and in one of the best web sites on this topic, Fluoride Action Network (FAN).

Other pro-fluoride advocates go so far as to try to make you believe that fluoride is a nutrient that naturally helps build strong teeth and bones. One such example is the Directive 2002/46/EC of the European Parliament and the Council, which lists "fluoride" as one of only 28 vitamins and minerals permissible for sale for human consumption within the European Union.

But let's make this point clear: fluoride is NOT an essential nutrient. The fluoride added to your drinking water is in fact a chemical waste product! It is NOT something you should use as a supplement to your diet.

There are plenty of studies showing the dangers of fluoride to your health, such as:

  • Increases lead absorption
  • Disrupts synthesis of collagen
  • Hyperactivity and/or lethargy
  • Muscle disorders
  • Brain damage, and lowered IQ
  • Arthritis
  • Dementia
  • Bone fractures
  • Lowers thyroid function
  • Bone cancer (osteosarcoma)
  • Inactivates 62 enzymes
  • Inhibits formation of antibodies
  • Genetic damage and cell death
  • Increases tumor and cancer rate
  • Disrupts immune system
  • Damages sperm and increases infertility

The Key to Healthy Teeth is in Your Diet!

If you're wondering how to keep your teeth healthy, remember that fluoride was never the answer in the first place. Instead, look to your diet for naturally healthy teeth. In fact, most people whose diet includes very little sugar and few processed foods have very low rates of tooth decay.

Limiting, or eliminating sugar, and avoiding processed foods — along with regular cleanings with your natural dentist — will ensure that your teeth stay healthy naturally.

What You Can Do to Help Eliminate Water Fluoridation

Dr. Osmunson suggests you talk to your dentist and health care provider about water fluoridation. For example, ask them if they've seen the National Academy of Sciences report on fluoridation. You can help educate them by giving them information they may not have on water fluoridation and excess fluoridation exposure.

He also suggests that professional health care providers and dentists take the time to look at both sides of the issue. If you are a professional in the field, you may also want to add your name to the online Professional Statement at As of April 2009, 2,221 medical and environmental health professionals have signed this statement, calling for an end to water fluoridation.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.

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Liver Disease & Public Water Supply

I am happy to see Dr. George Grant step out of the dark and into the light. The issue about fluoride being a contaminant isn’t something new but it is something that longs for the truth. Doctor’s and Scientist’s alike are needed to reestablish the sanity about fluoride and other contaminants found in our municipal water supply such as arsenic, lead, and chloride. This is why, as a liver disease survivor I drink natural spring water and avoid prolong use of public water in bathing and in the pool. Thanks for the giving the subject some credibility and bringing it back into the light.

National Academy of Sciences reports

I just looked up the National Academy of Sciences reports ( and they seemed to generally endorse the use of fluoride. Which one were you specifically referring to in the article above?

Fluoride in water

Very interesting. I did not know that there was that much fluoride in the water supply. Do you know of a good filtration system to remove fluoride from water? Tim Dannehy, B.S. Pharm, HHC

Fluoride in bottled water April 13

Dear George, Thanks for a great article! However, it's important to note that in Canada, unlike the US, fluoride content in bottled water must be listed on the label. Bottled spring water may not contain ADDED fluoride, and most of these contain less than 0.2 ppm fluoride naturally, from calcium fluoride dissolved out of the rock in the aquifer bed. Dasani and Aquafina are municipal water (usually fluoridated as Coke and Pepsi plants are in the Greater Toronto Area) that is polished and filtered to remove impurities, chlorine and minerals and reduce fluoride. These bottled waters rarely have more than 0.3 ppm fluoride but that is the residual amount from the hydrofluorosilicic acid added to municipal water in Ontario that is sourced from the Great Lakes. If one is looking to avoid excessive fluoride in drinking water and RO filtration is not feasible, bottled water is a safer choice - but one that should not even be necessary. Sincerely, Aliss Terpstra CNP, Secretary, Canadians Opposed to Fluoridation

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