What Is Fluoride Toxicity?
Like every other chemical substance on earth, fluoride can be toxic when taken in large enough doses. So what exactly is Fluoride Toxicity?
The difference between fluoride and most other chemicals is that fluoride is toxic at a tiny dose and is regularly introduced into our bodies through toothpastes, drinking water and other substances. Just 5-10 gram of the compound sodium fluoride is enough to be a lethal dose in most adult humans. Smaller doses 15 to 20 times lower can be enough to cause significant gastrointestinal discomfort, making your stomach and digestive system noticeably distressed.
In India, 60 million people have been poisoned by well water that was contaminated by high levels of fluoride. The problem is even worse in areas of China and Africa, where dissolving granite naturally releases high levels of fluoride into groundwater supplies.
Effects such as these should be enough to warrant serious concern over introducing fluoride into our bodies, yet the American government and the ADA (American Dental Association) does little to stem the trend of fluoridation. Fluoride is found in our water supplies, our toothpaste (We recommend using fluoride free toothpaste only), countless dental care products and even some food and drink products. Protecting yourself means being knowledgeable about the causes and symptoms of fluoride toxicity.
Swallowing toothpaste is the most common cause of fluoride toxicity in Americans, especially children. Over 628 people were admitted to hospitals after ingesting fluoride-containing toothpaste in a short window between 1990 and 1994. Most of the patients were children.
The ADA recommends using toothpaste daily, but making sure you do not swallow it. This logic is confounding considering the product goes in your mouth and coats your teeth, tongue and other areas. Inevitably, some will get swallowed. For children, who can be absent-minded and not know the dangers of chemical contaminants, swallowing toothpaste can seem like a logical choice after brushing their teeth. Unfortunately for them, this decision can often leave them in noticeable gastrointestinal distress.
We recommend brushing with only Fluoride free Toothpaste.
Reduction in Brain Functions
Areas of China and India where natural groundwater levels of fluoride were high noticed a disturbing trend. Consuming high levels of fluoride as a child was associated with a significant reduction in IQ levels. The chemical had an adverse effect on neurodevelopment as children grew from a young age into adults.
Another adverse consequence of fluoride is its devastating effect on bones. High levels of fluoride exposure are associated with an increase in wrist and hip fractures, particularly among the elderly.
Skeletal fluorosis is another serious condition that results from regular consumption of high levels of fluoride. This condition is endemic to many Asian subcontinent countries, and leads to irritable-bowel symptoms and joint pain similar to rheumatoid arthritis.
Dental fluorosis can also occur, and children are more vulnerable to the condition. It causes noticeable deformation or pitting in tooth surfaces during a child’s tooth development. An estimated one in six people suffer from the condition, and as many as one in 22 have obvious aesthetic effects as a result.
Effects like these are a major cause for concern among people who want to avoid fluoride exposure. Learn how to limit your fluoride consumption and other facts about the toxic chemical by visiting our fluoride-free dentistry page.