Dentist Concerned Over Growing Anti-Fluoride Toothpastes

August 9, 2018

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Dentists are always concerned for the health of your teeth and gums, which is why many are collectively voicing concern over toothpastes that lack fluoride. While health authorities recognize fluoride as a cavity blocker, the internet is dotted with claims, often from 'natural' toothpaste marketers, some dentists and alternative medicine advocates, that fluoride-free toothpaste also prevents cavities. According to the American Dental Association, fluoride bolsters the functions of calcium and phosphate to help prevent cavities from forming and has been credited with the reduction in tooth decay since being added to toothpaste and many city water supplies since the 1960s. However recent reports show that fluoride levels in some samples of city water that are much higher than government standard. Long-term exposures to very high levels fluoride can lead to a skeletal condition that causes pain from bones that are stiff, weak and prone to fracture. That has led many to suggest that fluoride should be avoided in favor of 'natural' toothpastes that, they claim, can prevent cavities just as well. Tom's of Maine antiplaque and whitening toothpaste, which is fluoride-free, was listed as the second-best selling toothpaste on Amazon's online buying platform with some analyst saying the fluoride-free movement is gaining momentum even though tooth decay declined significantly in the US and in other countries where fluoride became part of the water supply, including the UK, Canada and the Netherlands.. However if you still feel it best to ditch fluoride in your toothpaste, you should consult your dentist for their professional opinion.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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