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Public Health Warning Issued for Fluoride Toothpaste

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 40 percent of children between the ages of 3 and 6 use potentially dangerous amounts of toothpaste
  • The CDC and American Dental Association (ADA) recommend using no more than a pea-sized amount for children in this age group, and those younger than 3 should use no more than the size of a rice grain on their toothbrush
  • Fluoride-containing toothpastes have a warning on their label stating that “If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately”
  • While swallowing toothpaste is recognized as a cause for concern, drinking fluoridated water is said to be not only safe but beneficial for your teeth
  • Fluoridated water is a far more significant source of fluoride exposure than toothpaste. Recent research shows the prevalence of dental fluorosis among 10- to 12-year-olds in three Ecuadorian provinces is nearly 90 percent; a positive statistical relationship was found between dental fluorosis and consumption of bottled beverages

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 40 percent of children between the ages of 3 and 6 use potentially dangerous amounts of toothpaste.

The CDC and American Dental Association (ADA) recommend using no more than a pea-sized amount for children in this age group, and those younger than 3 should use no more than the size of a rice grain on their toothbrush.


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