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Is Fluoride Toothpaste Dangerous for Kids?

Thursday, October 15th, 2009No Commented
Categorized Under: General Health, Thyroid

Children Must Brush CorrectlyMost of us, who brush our teeth regularly, may never really stop to think about it. If it safe enough to go in my mouth everyday how can it pose a danger? Well, consider this.

Fluoride has demonstrated its effectiveness on the prevention of cavities and overall oral hygiene. This we know. But research has shown that, for children, a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste is enough to brush with. Exceeding this amount on a regular basis can lead to cases of fluorosis in young children. Fluorosis is a condition which may cause white streaks on teeth as well as stains, cracking and pitting of the teeth in severe cases. Also some children tend to swallow the toothpaste while brushing which further increases the risk no matter how small the amount.

There have been some toothpaste manufacturers that have created an all-natural toothpaste for children (which wouldn’t hurt adults to use either). It contained no artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors. Some of theses are classified as non-fluoride herbal toothpaste. Of course, they may not be as attractive to children’s taste buds but then that’s the trade-off. This is a trade-off that may cause children to not brush longer.

One important key is to for parents to educate their children on how to brush and not swallow toothpaste. This way kids can have the better tasting fluoride toothpaste brands with out being at risk of developing flourosis.

On the other hand all-natural products are always safer because there are no significant risks. There’s reason why the ADA has a general “warning” along with the FDA statement stating to “Keep (toothpaste) out of the reach of children under 6 years of age.” It’s to prevent any chance of poisoning.

One last thought: Fluoride can cause a thyroid to become more underactive. This is called hypothyroidism. Your thyroid is responsible for making hormones that help the body make energy. It also keeps your body temperature and metabolism regulated as well as assisting other organs to function properly.

There are other elements we come in contact with throughout our daily lives besides toothpaste such as water or even dental rinses that contain fluoride. Fluoride has even been linked to gum damage. We should be cautious of the amount of fluoride we take into our system.


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