- Fluoride is toxic at high levels. We drink it in our water, our dentists apply it to our teeth, and we ingest it every day via our toothpaste and mouthwash. We can suffer Acute Toxicity (immediate poisoning) and Chronic Toxicity (caused by excessive fluoride exposure over longer periods of time).
- High-level fluoride consumption at any ONE time can prompt ‘Acute Fluoride Poisoning’. Symptoms include, but are not limited to: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
- Over-exposure to fluoride above optimal levels over a period of time, can cause what it known as ‘Fluorosis’; a condition that has been proven to affect the teeth and skeletal framework. Skeletal Fluorosis has been linked to heart disease, cancer, cognitive function, arthritis, osteoporosis and hypothyroidism. Dental Fluorosis causes tooth discolouration, and severe cases can often result in ‘mottled’ tooth enamel.
- Fluoride is a Neurotoxin. Since 2006, studies have recorded up to six newly categorised developmental neurotoxins - one of which was Fluoride. Neurotoxins are responsible for contributing to neuro-developmental disabilities including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia and other cognitive impairments. These conditions affect millions of children worldwide, and researchers are finding that some of these diagnoses seem to be increasing in frequency.
- The range of fluoride levels in drinking water deemed safe by the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines(updated March 2015) is between 0.7 and 1mg/Litre. This range is very narrow and maintenance of fluoride levels in drinking water must be regularly and diligently monitored by state governments and local councils. Outside of metropolitan areas, councils are usually responsible for adding fluoride to water supplies.
- In the 1960’s and 1970’s Australia began fluoridating it’s drinking water supplies. By 1984, almost 66% of the Australian population had access to fluoridated drinking water. Today, around 90% of Australians have access to fluoridated drinking water.
- In 2006, a major study known as the The Iowa study showed a strong significant positive relationship between total fluoride intake (including diet, water, dental products and supplements) and the prevalence of ANY fluorosis. Cumulative average daily intakes of more than 0.04 mg/kg bw/day resulted in a significantly higher prevalence of fluorosis. The highest rates of fluorosis were associated with intakes of more than 0.06 mg/kg bw/day. The results of this study have also been acknowledged by the Food Standards of Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ). The Australian Water Guidelines (set by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and endorsed by the Australian Dental Association (ADA)), regard safe fluoride levels in drinking water to be between 0.6 and 1.1mg/L.
- A final 'Information Paper' is expected to be issued in 2016 by the the Australian NHMRC, providing information on the latest evidence regarding the “efficacy of the practice” of Australia’s widespread fluoridation of drinking water, and whether the “decades long scheme is bringing the desired benefits” of mitigating tooth decay. Published scientific articles have been called upon as the first step of the review process to ensure that any future advice provided by the NHMRC “is based on the most current evidence”.
- Fluoride treatment is effective when applied topically. A study published in 2013 titled “The cariostatic mechanisms of fluoride” concluded that: “the current evidence from clinical and laboratory studies suggest that the caries-preventative mode of action (of fluoride) is mainly topical”. The findings also stated, that when fluoride is continually present in oral fluids such as saliva, this fluoride is able to prevent the demineralization of teeth by absorbing directly into the surface of the enamel.
- Water fluoridation in Australia is supported and endorsed by the following major organisations:
Why are we still involuntarily drinking fluoride in our tap water? Studies show that we can maintain dental health by topical application. Why has the Australian government approved what seems like a “mass medication” of the Australian public without fully knowing what the health implications would be for the 90% of Australians who have now been consuming fluoridated water for several decades? What will the NHMRC’s final Information Paper expose about fluoride consumption in 2016? Will it be too late for many of us to reverse what could potentially involve, skeletal, cognitive, neurological and even cardiovascular damage?
[What 'aesthetic' MEANS is, the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia considers dental fluorosis symptoms to be a mere cosmetic issue - basically... nothing to worry about... we can just bleach that stuff into oblivion... now let's sweep it under the rug and forget about it... problem solved.]
If teeth are affected before they erupt, then something seriously abnormal is happening within a child's system that could well be lingering right through to their adult and senior years.
“The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines says levels above 4mg/L can cause skeletal fluorosis (NHMRC and NRMMC, 2004), but the maximum fluoride level set in the Guidelines (at the time) was 1.5mg/L. No evidence of occurrence of skeletal fluorosis in Australia or New Zealand was found. Levels of fluoride in drinking water in Australia and New Zealand are much lower than those attributed to the development of skeletal fluorosis.”
“the control of DRINKING WATER IS CRITICAL in preventing fluorosis”,
and our food regulatory body, FSANZ, conforms with the Australian Drinking Guidelines (set by the NHMRC) which recommend:
“levels above 4mg/L can cause skeletal fluorosis (NHMRC and NRMMC, 2004)",
then the residents of the Snowy River Council who happened to drink two or more litres of water a day during that critical time, have been unknowingly put at risk of skeletal fluorosis while trusting the effectiveness of government policy and regulation.
Sponsorship... The new Governor?
Looking at the below, it is hard to believe that these ingredients/chemicals are even deemed SAFE to put in our mouth, let alone endorsed by the Australian Dental Association:
Sodium Fluoride, Triclosan, Water, Hydrated Silica, Glycerin, Sorbital, PVM/MA Copolymer, Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Cellulose Gum, Flavour, Sodium Hydroxide, Carrageenan, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Saccharin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C blue no.1, D&C yellow no.10.
Interestingly, there is not one organic or even natural brand of toothpaste mentioned on the official product list. Dentists are promoting oral health (as expected)... but they are doing it at the expense of our entire general wellbeing; Fluoridated drinking water prevents tooth decay (and is also linked to several other serious diseases). Fluoridated products improve oral health (and contain ingredients that are both carcinogenic and hormone disrupting).
Is there a reason why the ADA supports these particularly nasty mainstream brands? These products do improve oral hygiene (to an extent), but is there some other motivation behind the ADA's official list of endorsements?
Fluoride toxicity and the myriad of other linked diseases
- Then you are most likely drinking fluoridated water.
- You may need to look at un-fluoridated oral hygiene products and discuss the signs of dental fluorosis with your dentist before any professional fluoride treatments are provided during your appointment.
- Consider the use of natural and organic, un-fluoridated toothpastes for the whole family.
- If you are concerned about fluoride levels in your drinking water, contact your local council for more information.
- If you are concerned about previous fluoride exposure, you may be able to request being tested by your GP.
- Consider investing in a good quality water filter.
- Consider natural toothpastes with added fluoride. Avoid the parabens and chemicals in commercial brands whenever possible.
- If you are concerned that you are below optimum levels of fluoride intake, then you may be able to request being tested by your GP.
- Monitor the your child’s use of fluoridated products.
- Limit toothpaste to a pea-sized amount for each teeth cleaning session. For children under 2 years of age, avoid fluoridated products - use a damp cloth and rub gently over teeth.
- Look for natural toothpaste. If your child is consuming filtered water and is over 2 years of age, try to source toothpaste that is organic, contains natural ingredients and contains a small amount of fluoride. If your family consumes tap water, it may be beneficial to switch to an organic, natural and NON-fluoridated toothpaste a couple of times week. Fortunately, Australia has embraced a low fluoride stance for commercial brands of children’s toothpaste – unfortunately, most brands sold in supermarkets contain all the other undesirables like parabens, numbers, artificial everything and an array of other really bad additives.