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Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste

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@ Burning Bush = Spot on !!!

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EXactly. BakingSoda is excellent for this purpose.

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Baking soda is an abrasive and wears the enamel and does not prevent cavities. Fluoride is proven to help prevent tooth decay.

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Toothpaste is something we use in our day to day life. Thanks for providing information regarding the fluoride free toothpaste and updating people about this. I like this discussion regarding the benefits of fluoride free toothpaste. I would really like to see more posts like this!

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1st, natural "fluoride" is not what is added to toothpaste and water. Rather, for water, it is sodium hydrofluorosilicic acid, a waste product from the the phosphate fertilizer industry. http://cof-cof.ca/hydrofluorosilicic-acid-origins/ For toothpaste, it is typically sodium monofluorophosphate. Interestingly enough, a warning is written on toothpaste boxes stating, "Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age." https://www.drugs.com/otc/113932/iod01-0000-02.jpg

Also, a past president of the American Medical Association, Dr. Charles Heyd, warned, "Don't drink fluoridated water. Fluoride is a corrosive poison which will produce harm on a long-term basis." Finally, an EPA scientist, Dr. Robert Carton, stated "Fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century, if not of all time."

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A guy working in the pharmaceutical industry in Japan told me Japan puts a fairly strict ceiling on flouride content in products and drinking water due to some scare/conspiracy rumors back in the 60s.

So whenever I go overseas, I always pick up a few tubes of Crest or Colgate plus mouthwash.

I remember the Gaijinpost forum about 15 years ago, when quite a few foreigners wrote that they had noticed a deterioration of their teeth several years after living in Japan. I wonder if there's anything to that.

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After my first visit to Japan, for three months, many years ago I developed problems with my teeth, so much so that when I saw my dentist he prescribed me a a course of toothpaste with high fluoride content to try and counter the damage. It was then we discovered the toothpaste I'd been using there had a low fluoride content. Now I bring back a bagful of cheap 30p toothpaste from the UK. If you can find toothpaste with a decent fluoride content (about 1450ppm) in Japan it's stupidly expensive. Most toothpastes don't even list the amount of fluoride it has.

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As I understand it, the fluoride now used was a by-product of the aluminum industry and was expensive to dispose of because of its toxicity. Adding it to municipal water supplies and dentistry products provided a solution.

Because there is already fluoride in most municipal water, it seems doubtful that extra topical fluoride as found in toothpaste provides any additional benefit beyond helping rid this industrial by-product.

Drinking tea is a natural source of additional fluoride by the way, but beware of skeletal fluorosis.

I find it interesting that we are expected to believe that dentistry is motivated by some benevolent form of socialism in which water supplies are fluoridated at public expense for the public good. If this is true, why isn't the water supply also supplemented with vitamins for the public good? One might imagine the medical industry would want water to contain traces of Vitamins B6 and B12 for public health purposes ...

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I find it interesting that we are expected to believe that dentistry is motivated by some benevolent form of socialism in which water supplies are fluoridated at public expense for the public good.

There's nothing unusual about such health public programs. It's based on cost-benefit: very low cost and easy to do. The alternative, not adding to flouride, would incur higher (dental treatment) costs among the population at large, and a drop in quality of life.

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