Q.: Is it true that sodium fluoride in toothpaste is bad for you? James
KLAUS FERLOW REPLIES:
Absolutely, yes! Sodium fluoride is derived from hydrofluoric acid which is produced by a reaction between sulphuric acid and fluorspar, an ore rich in calcium fluoride, which is a toxic chemical. In fact, fluoride is the main ingredient in rat poison. The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never approved any fluoride product designed for human ingestion and ironically it has been shown not to reduce cavities.
Scientists are, on the other hand, finding links between fluoride and arthritis, allergic reactions, cancer and dental fluorosis (fluoride poisoning) which can result in darkened or mottled teeth, erosion of the tooth enamel, compromised bone structure and other problems including learning disabilities, kidney disease and brain lesions. On average only 50% of the fluoride we take in each day is excreted through the kidneys with the remainder accumulating in our bones, pineal gland and other tissues. In the event of kidney damage, fluoride accumulation will increase and with it the likelihood of further harm. When swallowed, fluoride may cause Crohn’s disease.
Fluoride is especially dangerous to small children who may tend to swallow toothpaste during or after brushing teeth. Many toothpaste manufacturers include the warning ‘Not for children under the age of six years’ on their products.
Rather look for a herbal toothpaste that does not contain fluoride!