Neb. dentist becomes toothpaste spokeswoman
Dental researchers are advising that lower-strength (500 ppm) fluoridated toothpaste be sold in the US because of the growing problem of dental fluorosis - discolored teeth caused from ingesting too much fluoride. But A Hastings dentist, with little if any background in fluoride toxicology, is being paid to market a new children's fluoridated toothpaste that contains even more fluoride (1,450 ppm) than those currently on the US market (1,000 ppm) .
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#1 Apr 3, 2009
Even if this very highly concentrated fluoridated toothpaste caused more fluoride uptake into children's dental enamel, the Centers for Disease Control reports that "a higher concentration of enamel fluoride is not necessarily more efficacious in preventing dental caries."
Most dentists are unaware of current fluoride science. For example, A study by Yoder concluded that "The majority of dental professionals surveyed were unaware of the current understanding of fluoride's predominant posteruptive mode of action" http://tinyrul.com/Yoder
Meeske reveals she too is unaware. She's quoted in a 2008 Wall Street Journal article as saying "fluoride is more effective at protecting teeth when it's ingested, so that teeth are continually bathed with a low dose".
The CDC reports, "The concentration of fluoride in ductal saliva, as it is secreted from salivary glands, is low --- approximately 0.016 parts per million (ppm) in areas where drinking water is fluoridated and 0.006 ppm in nonfluoridated areas. This concentration of fluoride is not likely to affect cariogenic activity"
So Meeske is still telling people that fluoride ingestion reduces tooth decay, when science says it does not. Can she be trusted? People will believe her just because she is a dentist. The people selling this new product are using her ignorance to make money.
Because of their concern with dental fluorosis, researchers are actually suggesting that lower concentrated fluoridated toothpaste (500 ppm) be sold in the US for children's use as they are in other countries. The CDC reports that up to 48% of US school children sport dental fluorosis, from too much fluoride ingestion, with up to 4% of it moderate/severe.
It's shocking this dentist is selling an extremely highly concentrated fluoride toothpaste (1,450) for children's use which will make large bucks for the company selling it, possibly a nice stipend for her but put children at increased risk of fluoride's adverse side effects - the least of which is dental fluorosis.
Fluoride from toothpaste gets absorbed into the bloodstream via the mouth membranes and gets involuntarily swallowed - even more so when the toothpaste is candy flavored.
#2 Oct 3, 2013
I found that really intriguing, NYSCOF. There are so many articles about flouride and how it can be bad if you swallow it. Kids don't usually understand and they are more adapt to eating a little bit of toothpaste. What can we do about this and what is recommended? http://ralhandentistry.ca
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