Federal Report Finds High Fluoride Consumption Damaging to Children

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The US Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last month that fluoride levels in tap water are too high, with children being the most risk to toxic levels, thus spurring on the search for healthier alternatives for protecting children's teeth.

New evidence shows that 2 out of 5 children suffer from a condition called ‘fluorosis’, where fluoride intake has reached toxic levels.

News Facts:

  • In January of this year, The United States Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that fluoride levels in tap water are too high.
  • Fluoride, originally credited with reducing tooth decay, has been the source of civic debate for many years both in the US and abroad. In the US, in addition to fluoride in the water, children are often given fluoride toothpaste and even fluoride supplements.
  • New evidence shows that 2 out of 5 children suffer from a condition called ‘fluorosis’, where fluoride intake has reached toxic levels. Symptoms include white spots on teeth and pitting in the tooth enamel which is aesthetically unappealing.
  • While fluorosis is currently the main concern behind the HHS announcement, a more alarming issue is that if a child under the age of six swallows larger-than-normal amounts of fluoride toothpaste, it can be fatal, which is why there is a warning on all toothpastes containing fluoride. To further complicate this situation, children are often attracted to toothpaste because of its candy-like taste, creamy texture and/or bright sparkly coloring.
  • The HHS plans to lower the recommended levels for fluoride in water to 0.7 milligrams per liter of water. This is the first decrease in 50 years, where until now fluoride levels have been 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter.

Safer Alternatives for Your Children

  • These health concerns have led to an increased interest in fluoride free toothpaste with xylitol.
  • Several studies are reporting xylitol, a sugar alcohol sweetener, has similar cavity fighting properties as fluoride and is a safe substitute. In fact, the positive effects of xylitol may be more than fluoride for healthy teeth and gums.
  • In 2007, Dr. Peter Milgrom, professor of dental public health sciences at the University of Washington and director of the Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities, found that xylitol could be more effective than fluoride.
  • Xylitol, found in both chewing gun and toothpaste, stops oral bacteria from emitting acid that causes tooth decay and makes it difficult for bacteria to adhere to tooth surfaces.
  • Dr. Milgrom’s study monitored 100 infants as they received varying dosages of xylitol syrup each day for a year. They concluded that the syrup prevented 50 percent to 75 percent of tooth decay in the toddlers. “If you give children regular fluoride treatments two to three times a year, you would get a 30 percent reduction in tooth decay,” Milgrom said. “We got double the amount of tooth decay prevention using xylitol.”
  • For those who want a healthy smile, but are concerned about their family’s fluoride consumption, fluoride free toothpaste with xylitol or xylitol chewing gum are better choices that fluoride toothpaste and supplements.

About Dr. Flora Stay:

  • Dr. Flora Stay, a practicing dentist and professor at the USC School of Dentistry, is recognized as a leading authority on wellness and has been a contributing author to many of the very popular Rodale Books on health such as: Women and Health, Herbal Health, Health and Aging, and Natural Prescriptions for Women.
  • Dr. Stay has written for or been interviewed in many publications, including Prevention, Men’s Health, Total Health, Women’s World, Health World, the Ventura County Star, and the New York Times.
  • Dr. Stay has authored several books, including The Fibromyalgia Dental Handbook and the Secret Gateway to Health.

About Cleure:

  • Cleure was founded in 2000 by Dr. Flora Stay, with the creation of the Cleure dental health line, which contain Xylitol rather than fluoride, and were also sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) free, anti-microbial free, chlorine dioxide free, peroxide/PRG/PGG free, saccharine free, salicylate free.
  • Today, Cleure specializes in SLS free and fluoride free dental health products, personal care products for salicylic acid allergy, as well as skin care and cosmetics for sensitive skin.
  • Cleure is founded on the principal that you can be healthy and beautiful without the risk of potential toxins and irritants.
  • Dr. Stay understood the importance of providing her patients with a quality, chemically safe toothpaste. She quickly discovered, however, that many of the popular “natural” toothpastes also carried harmful ingredients. For example, most natural toothpastes contained sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a harsh detergent added to toothpastes, shampoos and other personal care products to make the product foam. SLS has been linked to outbreaks of canker sores, allergies and various health concerns. Likewise, Dr. Stay found that most of the natural toothpastes use aluminum tubes, which can leach aluminum into the paste over time.
  • These discoveries led her to the revelation that, “Just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it is good for you.” It is more important to look for truly safe and effective products than it is for “natural” products.
  • Dr. Stay’s principled scientific approach to dental health has expanded into many other aspects of personal care. Cleure is now a team of science and health experts, who incorporate their latest research into on-going product development and improvement.
  • Today, Cleure is at the forefront, formulating and marketing a complete line of salicylate-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free dental care and personal health products including sensitive skin care and make-up for sensitive skin.

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