Boy I had a panic! My tube says sodium monoflourophosphate! My husband's tube of Crest says sodium flouride. The box I'm sure used to say calcium flouride back two years ago when I actually read it! So I agree with you - it is strange that the box an tube don't agree. Anyways, here's information from their web site:
"Our toothpaste features naturally sourced sodium monofluorophosphate as its active ingredient to provide cavity protection, and calcium to clean. "
So I was incorrect - calcium flouride is not the only source of natural flouride. I will probably call them to make sure their natural source isn't the sludge from an aluminum factory.
Rachael, thanks for doing the legwork on this. I've wondered about this for quite some time, just have never gotten around to looking into it. (see the thread on toothpastes in the archives; I brought it up, then it disappeared).
I look forward to what you find out! Actually, I wonder what the source of the Crest fluoride is ...
I read the dental archives and am asking, should I be using Toms of Maine toothpaste on my one year old so that he gets some fluoride??? We do not have fluoridated water, as my pediatrician told me when he gave us a perscription for fluoride drops when my son was 6 mo,(which i threw out, btw). I thought fluoride was unnecessary so we have been using a toothpaste called First Teeth which says it is Natural Enzyme, Fleoride Free, No Abrasives, No Saccharin, No Foaming Soaps, No Preservatives..... What do you think?? He has 10 teeth.
Ok, so DS had his 9m check up. Doctor asked if I was giving him the flouride she prescribed....I lied and said, yes.
So, I don't really know why I'm not giving it to him other than I don't really know why to give it in the first place. So, what's the deal with Flouride? What is it? Why do the want babies to take it? Why are a lot of folks here against it?
Well when I was first told to give my son fluoride I did some research on it. Look at the atomic chart- Fluoride is the most unstable of the atoms. I found a book in the library about the original studies which "proved" that fluoride prevented dental caries. Turns out that these studies were funded by the sugar industy (and you can make your own assumptions about that) and that the empirical data did not show any real corrolation to lack of fluoride and increased dental caries. What it did show, was that amount of calcium had a direct affect on the health of the teeth, and that an overabundance of fluoride caused problems (like staining the teeth and poisening the whole body). This book also taught me that fluoride occurs naturally in our fruits and veggies, and that if we eating healthy we were ingesting small amounts already. It is also present in varying levels in most natural water sources, and also some bottled sources. Fluoride toothpaste should NEVER be swallowed, so why they prescribe fluoride to babies is beyond me. I wish I could remember the title of this book.
So, I have done all the research on floride, and formed my opinion- so I dont want to bring up the whole debate here.
I am wondering, however, if floride from floridated water might pass through in breastmilk.
My munipality is about to add floride to the water, and I am not fond of the idea that my breastmilk will now be floridated. But, I know some molecules are too big to pass thru in breastmilk.
Any idea or advice where to look would be great, thanks.
Yes, I am in San Anotnio-
and officaially today, some parts of the town now have floridated water.
If you ever want to meet- I am up for that- just PM me.
We are always looking for more families who are AP here in town.
Thanks Smilemomma- that does help. It seems that floride will pass thru my ducts, so this extra floride will too.
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Belgium to ban fluoride tablets, chewing gum
July 30, 2002 10:13 AM
BRUSSELS, Jul 30, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Belgium will ban the sale of
tablets and chewing gum which contain fluoride elements because of the risk
that they might cause a brittle bone condition, a Health Ministry spokesman
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All of this is VERY confusing to me. We live in a place where there is no flouride in the water. I asked our dentist about this and she said the boys should take the flouride tablets and chew them before they go to sleep. Twice a year, dental workers come into the schools and give the children flouride treatments.
How do I know if they are getting too much, or not enough?