I’m a big believer in fluoride, a non-essential chemical used in some toothpaste and other mouthwash products.
In fact, I don’t have any problems using toothpaste with fluoride.
And, like many people who live in a city, I’m concerned about the health impacts of fluoridation.
But what if I were to use a toothpaste that contained fluoride and was laced with lead, arsenic, cadmium, or other toxic substances?
And what if that fluoride in the toothpaste were contaminated with lead?
These are just some of the questions that come to mind.
What if I was to eat a diet high in sodium and low in fiber?
What if my body was somehow being poisoned by the fluoride-laden toothpaste?
And how do you know that you are not being poisoned?
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is an essential chemical that occurs naturally in the soil, and the bodies of many species of animals depend on it for survival.
But how much fluoride is in our toothpastes?
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average adult intake of fluoride is 1.6 mg/day, and it is generally found in foods, beverages, and supplements.
That means that for every toothpaste sold in the US, there are roughly 2.5 million servings of fluoride.
That’s the equivalent of eating an entire bottle of toothpaste.
How do we know that fluoride is safe?
For most people, fluoride is not harmful.
In the United States, the World Health Organization reports that in children, it is safe to eat, although fluoride can increase the risk of developing dental fluorosis.
In adults, however, the WHO recommends that people who have already been exposed to high levels of fluoride should reduce their fluoride intake.
So how much is too much?
The CDC and other federal agencies estimate that the average American gets 3.5 grams of fluoride in their daily diet.
That equates to about a teaspoon of toothpaste.
If a person takes in about half that amount of fluoride per day, their daily intake of fluorides could be as much as 14 grams.
What happens if I’m poisoned?
Some people are at a higher risk of having fluorosis than others.
For example, it has been found that people with the highest levels of circulating fluoride are at higher risk for developing the rare disorder of fluorosis called fibrinosis.
Some experts believe that people exposed to fluoride are more likely to develop fibrinolytic diseases, which are characterized by a narrowing of the arteries in the neck and the risk for bleeding to the brain.
Other experts think that people in a particular region of the world who are living in areas where fluoride levels are higher, such as in the United Kingdom, may be more susceptible to fluorosis, as their immune system is more sensitive to fluoride.
What should I do if I feel that I’ve been poisoned?
As a precaution, it’s important to avoid drinking or consuming toothpaste or any other liquid that contains fluoride, including tap water, toothpaste, and other dental products.
If you or a loved one has any health concerns, ask your doctor to test you for fluoride.
You can also tell your doctor if you’re taking any medications, including anticoagulants, anti-histamines, or any type of anti-inflammatory medication.
If any of these medications are causing a reaction, talk to your doctor.
If your health problems have worsened, it may be worth getting tested for any other chemicals that are causing your symptoms.
How long does it take to find out if someone has been poisoned by fluoride?
The Centers for Diseases Control and Preventive Services says that the initial testing for any new fluoride-related illness should take between two and four weeks.
It’s also important to call the Poison Control Center of the United State’s Health Resources and Services Administration, at 1-800-222-1222, to report your suspicions.
If there is still no definitive cause for your symptoms, your doctor can recommend a test to see if your symptoms are related to fluoride exposure.
How can I be sure that my fluoride-exposed loved one is healthy?
The National Center for Environmental Health recommends that anyone who feels that they have been poisoned should be tested for fluoride, whether or not they believe that fluoride was a factor.
Fluorosis is a serious condition that can have serious consequences.
In some cases, the symptoms can last for weeks or even months.
Fluoroquinolones, which can be used to treat chronic diseases, are used to prevent fissures and cavities in teeth, and they can cause blood clots.
The World Health Organisation states that folic acid can be effective in preventing the development of fibrinosaccharides, which form clumps of sugars in cells.
These clumps can cause bleeding to brain tissue and can lead to death in some cases.
If someone you know has been exposed, it might be worth calling the Poison Center of Canada’s Poison Control Centre,