Why Does Toothpaste Carry a Warning But Fluoridated Water Does Not?
One of the first things he did was look at a tube of toothpaste, which clearly carries the warning: Do not swallow, and in case of accidental ingestion, contact the poison control center.
The amount of fluoride they are 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 are typically told to drink eight 8oz glasses of water each day, without any concern for the amount of fluoride you will ingest. Commercial Toothpaste has also toxic formaldehyde as a filler which is used as embalming fluid! I recommend using Natural Toothpaste for all your family. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
One of Dr. Osmunson main concerns is 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 mothers milk.
We should not fluoridate water and harm our most vulnerable.
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 is 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 is no benefit, WHY are we fluoridating?
Why Do We Fluoridate Drinking Water if It is 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 Brysons 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.