Fluoride: Surprising Revelations

Fluoride is a chemical substance found mostly in dental care products such as toothpaste and mouthwash, or in fluoridated tap water. Although it's most commonly used in oral hygiene products and drinking water, it's also found in many commercial products you wouldn't expect to find fluoride.

The ingredients that we think are safe can sometimes be detrimental to our health when taken in large quantities. For instance, there's a chemical compound in toothpaste that we willingly expose ourselves to every day – and sometimes even swallow. It’s called fluoride.

The widespread use of fluoride

Fluoride is a chemical substance found mostly in dental care products such as toothpaste and mouthwash, or in fluoridated tap water. Although it's most commonly used in oral hygiene products and drinking water, it's also found in many commercial products you wouldn't expect to find fluoride.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Beverages like store-bought fruit juice, soda and beer
  • Food such as deboned chicken nuggets and many processed food
  • Baby food
  • Non-stick Teflon cookware
  • Cigarettes

“10mg is the most an adult should take per day. Any more and you could be exposing yourself to serious health risks.”

Concerns over fluoride

With the prevalence of fluoride, you might think that it's perfectly safe. But fluoride can have a negative impact on your health if you take more than the recommended dose. 10mg is the most an adult should take per day. Any more and you could be exposing yourself to serious health risks, such as arthritis, bone-related deficiencies, diabetes and even cancer. Extremely high doses of fluoride could even result in brain complications.

How can I regulate my fluoride intake?

There’s no clear way to determine the amount of fluoride you're exposed to on a daily basis, so regulation is nearly impossible. However, if you want to reduce your exposure to fluoride, we recommend you switch to a fluoride-free or natural toothpaste. While fluoride toothpastes are very efficient at keeping your teeth clean, it serves no other purpose to your body. Using a  fluoride-free or natural toothpaste won’t make your mouth any less clean. It will only minimize the potential risks fluoride could have on your overall health.

For more information on fluoride, visit http://fluoridealert.org

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