By Carl Fimble
I have two young children and was given a tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush for each of them from the health workers not long after they were born. The toothpaste is made by a company called Sanderson and is a special low fluoride (1000ppm) family paste.
While I have always used normal fluoride toothpaste myself I did not want them using it, so bought a flouride free one instead. That's what we have used to brush their teeth so far, seems fine to me too.
My understanding of it is as follows :
Some folk in America had no cavities, research showed it was due to the higher than normal levels of fluoride in their drinking water. Fluoride then started to be put in toothpaste, and even some water supplies. This fluoride is the same as the fluoride found in tea, naturally occuring, but different to sodium fluoride which is what is put in toothpaste. Sodium fluoride is a poison.
I am not a chemist or a doctor, just read a bit and thought about it a bit. My wife is unsure and would probably like to err on the side of caution as far as tooth health goes, I'm more keen on erring on the side of caution as far as overall health goes.
Obviously there are some harms I cant protect my children from (I dunno, smog, pollution,radiation etc) but stuff like this I can either reduce the harm, or cut it out completely. We have no fluoride in our drinking water here, I don't know about the rest of the country though.
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