Dr. Mercola on the Dangers of Fluoridated Toothpaste

Dr. Mercola on the Dangers of Fluoridated Toothpaste

Regular readers of our website, along with our patients, are well aware of the dangers of ingested fluoride. Less frequently we discuss the downsides to topical fluoride (like what you find in most toothpaste). Research that’s been done is spotty at best, but for the most part, research has shown that large doses of topical fluoride MAY have a positive effect on decay. Of course, at those large doses, fluoride is toxic (as Dr. Mercola points out, even the toothpaste label says it’s toxic).

Without too much preamble, here is Dr. Mercola’s video. I maintain that the potential benefits of topical fluoride do not out weigh the potential dangers. Especially when there are plenty of other products out there that can do the same thing without the same risk… why take that chance?

PS: We recently had a weighty discussion on this topic over at Dangers of Topical Fluoride — Discussion. Check it out in the comments section at the bottom.



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  3. Erwin Alber Says: April 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I sent this letter to the Fiji Times editor:

    Fiji’s ban of non-fluoridated toothpaste is in my opinion a bad mistake. Fiji’s health officials seem unaware that fluoride is a highly neurotoxic and carcinogenic industrial waste product. This highly toxic chemical, used elsewhere as a rat- and cockroach poison, is added to toothpaste (and in a few countries to drinking water supplies) under the pretext that it prevents tooth decay. The claim that fluoride prevents tooth decay is promoted by means of junk science by those who profit from this appalling practice .

    In the 1930s, US dentist Weston Price investigated the dental and general health of native people all over the world, including that of the Fijian people. He found that wherever people were eating their traditional diet, they had superb teeth and excellent health, but that when they changed to a diet of refined European foods (e.g. sugar and white flour), they started to suffer from tooth decay, poor health and crowded teeth due to degenerating bone structure caused by a lack of minerals in refined foods.

    Tooth decay is caused by wrong diet, NOT a lack of fluoride, or lack of tooth brushing! Fijians would in my opinion do well to minimise the ingestion of sugar (especially via soft drinks) and white flour and to use baking soda or clean sea water instead of toothpaste to brush their teeth.


  4. Commenter #1: You are the one making claims without any evidence or any examples

    Commenter #2: Dumbass, 150 times is the recommended amount of times you should go over your teeth with your brush per brushing

    Commenter #3: It wont kill you, it causes brain damage

    Commenter #4: If large amounts of fluoride have been added since the 1950 then i guess we know why so many people are fucking retarded. Who the hell said anything about a fluoride apocalypse?? This is a health concern, not a world ending phenomenon. Holositc? Dude you need to look up what that word means, just because someone doesnt drink battery acid doesn’t mean they are holistic, it means i don’t drink products that are poisonous. It is on par with not wanting trans fats in food because its BAD FOR YOU IN LARGE AMOUNTS. Also your alleged evidence doesn’t exist except in the research studies of the very company that is selling this product.

    Commenter #5: China, Europe etc dont put fluoride in their water in cities.

    Considering how none of you even listened to the interview, and how all of your comments are half assed and basically consisting of you saying “nu-uh” and then plugging your ears and singing “LaLaLaLa” i think it is safe to say that you all have brain damage, whether it be from fluoride or your parents dropping you in your heads as children

  5. fluorideuser Says: June 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    They won’t put phosphate fertilizer in nor fluoride because they are a developing country and outside of the cities are small medieval agriculture villages. They don’t have any running water to fluoridate! And no, we import it because it is cheap and easily processed into usable fluoride. And Osmundson, your right, it isn’t pharmaceutical grade. But if you think we drink water right after fluoride is added, you are sorely mistaken. If you are saying bottled water is an escape from fluoride, get this: tap water must past rigorous purity tests that bottled water is not subjected to.

  6. fluorideuser Says: June 29, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Did he just say people who use fluoride are stupid? “If you’re smart enough not to have this in your house…” People have been ingesting fluoride since the 50s. And the result is not a fluoridated apocalypse as you two pseudo professionals act like it would be. Also, we do not put Chinese waste into our toothpaste. At this point, I think I am flogging dead horses with you stupid “holistic” dentists. Might I add that a few years back a child died because his or her parents fled the state and refused to be treated by a normal doctor rather than a holistic one. I find it pointless to convince you of the evidence right under your noses, I am doing this to show the public what is true in spite of your pitiful ignorance.

  7. fluorideuser Says: June 29, 2011 at 4:21 am

    I did not actually die because I’m still here a week later. Obc=viously, the amount I used was not “more than used for brushing”

  8. fluorideuser Says: June 29, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Where does your tube say you get 150 brushings? Also, if you swallow that tiny pea, you should contact a poison control center. Last week, I swallowed a “dairy queen” serving of toothpaste by accident. I called the poison control center and they said “Oh, that amount’s okay. Just drink fluids and you’ll be fine! If you had swallowed a tube, well, that would have been a different story.”

  9. fluorideuser Says: June 29, 2011 at 4:15 am

    “Contact a poison control center if you swallow…[more than used for brushing]” “Children under 6 years of age [use a pea sized amount]” Dr. Osmundson, you seem to be diverting from the parts of the tube that would damage your argument, poorly thought out that it is.

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