Originally Posted by 2lil'monkeys
I asked my pediatrician about the safety of flouride and she said that it's ok in the small dosages she prescribed.
Not to talk smack about your pediatrician, because she is not the only one, but they ALL will say this. The important thing to know is that it is all based on the same research. The stuff conducted in the 1960s that had serious flaws, conflicts of interest, etc.
I bet if you ask her what amount is safe, she'll say 20 mgs per day. Which is the stat used by the ADA and what is considered standard even though Harold Hodge himself changed his recommendation from 20 to 10.
This is the real problem. Flouride is one of those holy cows that no one will criticize or examine. Anyone who does is considered a quack. But to me its not hard to figure out if one just looks at the data. If you hand any modern scientists the unedited data from back then, they tear that stuff apart.
The Flouride Deception book has actual photocopies of memos sent back and forth regarding this stuff. Transcripts, unedited versions of research, and so on. Its not a theory, but a fact that this kind of shadiness was happening. With the expansion of the Freedom of Information Act under the Clinton Adminstration, all this stuff came to light.
Before all of this research was lumped in with the Cold War and thus classified. Clinton broadened what was available to the public and could be discussed openly.
Seriously, I can't recommend the book enough because on top of being highly informative, its a really good read.
P.S. to the posters whose children have serious dental problems, hugs to you. it must be really hard. after my research, I am very skeptical about whether or not flouride would have made much of a difference though.
my brother and I both had regular dental checkups, flouride treatments, and dental sealants. I was fastidious about brushing and flossing every day. He would go weeks without even brushing and my mom had to ride his tail about it. Totally in that boy phase of being dirty and grubby. When we went to the dentist, he'd brush right before we went. His checkup was always glowing (i.e. "you're doing such a good job brushing, matt!"). Mine was always "you need to focus here and here. make sure you get the brush in here." I had a number of cavities and so on. He didn't. Clearly the flouride or lack of flouride does not explain it, as that was a constant between both of us.
I think people are quick to blame a lack of flouride for their kids' cavities, but I think it honestly has to do with crummy luck. Studies show that the only benefits are topical and even that is a 15% increase at most. So I have to wonder if a 15% boost would stop teeth from cracking apart and so on.
I only say all this because I think we all have guilt as parents about what we should have done in the past, but I think its more reasonable to believe that your poor little one just drew the short stick when it came to teeth. I feel for your little guy. I can relate!