The IAOMT warns that fluoride is a dangerous chemical.
Fluoride is not essential for human growth and development. In regard to fluoride dangers, it has been identified as one of 12 industrial chemicals known to cause developmental neurotoxicity in humans. Sources of human exposure to fluoride now include water, food, air, soil, pesticides, fertilizers, dental products used at home and in the dental office (some of which are implanted in the human body), and an array of other consumer items used on a regular basis. Click here to see a detailed chart of which dental related products can contain fluoride.
In a 2006 report by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences, fluoride dangers were evaluated. Concerns were raised about potential associations between fluoride and osteosarcoma (a bone cancer), bone fractures, musculoskeletal effects, reproductive and developmental effects, neurotoxicity and neurobehavioral effects, and effects on other organ systems. Click here to read more about the adverse health effects of fluoride.
Since the NRC report was released in 2006, a number of other relevant research studies have been published about potential health risks and fluoride dangers in dental products. Click here to read some of the warnings about fluoride.
Fluoride was not widely used for any dental purposes prior to the mid-1940’s. In 1945, it was first used for artificial water fluoridation in spite of warnings about fluoride dangers, as well as doubts about its alleged usefulness in controlling dental caries.
Meanwhile, fluoridated toothpastes were introduced and their increase in the market occurred in the late 1960s and early 1970s. By the 1980s, the majority of commercially available toothpastes in industrialized countries contained fluoride. Other fluoridated dental products were likewise promoted for more common commercial use in recent decades.
Read the labels of your toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss to check if they contain fluoride, and consider using fluoride-free dental products to reduce your exposure.