The Dangers of Fluoride

Jun 21, 2023

 We’ve been told for years that fluoride is beneficial to our teeth and helps prevent tooth decay. But what if we were wrong? Recent research has shown that fluoride is actually toxic and can cause serious health problems when ingested. Let’s take a look at the evidence so you can make an informed decision about whether or not it should be in your drinking water or toothpaste.


What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in certain waters, foods, and soil. It’s also added to drinking water and toothpaste as a way to help prevent cavities, especially in children. However, recent studies have begun to question the wisdom of adding fluoride to these products, highlighting potential dangers associated with its ingestion.


Potential Health Risks of Fluoride Ingestion

Fluoride is known to be toxic at high doses and can cause numerous health problems when ingested over long periods of time. Some of the most common symptoms associated with fluoride poisoning include headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, dizziness, muscle weakness, joint pain and stiffness. Long-term exposure has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, bone fractures and kidney failure. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of fluoride toxicity because their developing bodies are more sensitive than adults' bodies.


The Dangers of Fluoride in Toothpaste and Drinking Water

Due to its widespread use in both drinking water and toothpaste, it's possible for individuals to ingest too much fluoride without even realizing it. This can happen if people are using fluorinated toothpaste or if they drink large amounts of fluoridated water on a daily basis. Since there's no way for consumers to know exactly how much fluoride they're consuming from various sources (the amount varies from place to place), it's best to limit your intake as much as possible by avoiding unnecessary exposure through drinking water or toothpaste containing excessive amounts of the chemical.

Overall, there's enough evidence showing that fluoride can be dangerous when ingested over long periods of time that some experts recommend avoiding it altogether by choosing toothpastes without any added fluoride or drinking filtered water instead of tap water whenever possible. While this may not seem like a big deal now, reducing your exposure could potentially save you from future health problems down the line. 

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