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Another Health Freedom Lost - Continued

Dr. Patricia Berube speaks out on fluoridation.

This topic is not even about the hazards of fluoride as it is about choice...


Functional Periodontist Speaks Out on Fluoride

Dr. Patricia Berube weighs in on fluoride. As a functional periodontist, what she sees clinically matters.

"I am hard pressed to find anyone who does not equate dentistry with fluoride. At the beginning days of practice, when someone would inquire about what toothpaste to use, my standard response was “anything that is recommended by the ADA”. How times have changed, let me explain. In the past there was a time I did not question what was taught. I never looked at ingredients in food or hygiene products. Fast forward several years and my opinion has changed 180 degrees. Is it because of the skull and crossbones that is present on a tube of toothpaste? Is it the hundreds of cases of fluorosis that I have seen on permanent teeth?

Even when I worked for a pediatric dentist prior to dental school, it was astounding the amount of fluoride affected teeth we saw. What I am talking about is the whitish lesions on adult teeth. These are permanent and depending on the severity, can only be remedied by placing veneers or crowns, which involves breaking down precious tooth structure. Some teeth are so affected that they have turned a brownish color. If you research what fluorosis looks like, you will see it is very disconcerting. People say this is purely esthetic, but is it? Let’s discuss some facts.

· What is fluoride? According to, fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally and is released from rocks into the soil, water, and air. Almost all water contains some fluoride, but usually not enough to prevent tooth decay.

· Is it an essential nutrient? No. The FDA determines whether or not any substance is essential. Fluoride is not an essential nutrient because no deficiency state that related to a health problem could be found. In animal studies the least exposed animals had the fewest cancers and least dental fluorosis. The Federal Register in 1979 stated that “the FDA removed all references to fluoride as a nutrient or probable nutrient”. In fact, fluoride as an additive, has never been approved as a drug suitable for anyone. In other guidelines the government has specifically excluded young children under age 3 from exposure.

· Fluoride is an unapproved drug for which the FDA has no evidence of safety or effectiveness. They have issued multiple regulatory letters demanding companies to stop manufacturing vitamins with fluoride and systemic tablets or drops.[i]

I had no idea how many products contained fluoride until I started to research and learn about what I had been recommending for all these years. Fluoride is present in:

· community water fluoridation,

· dental products such as dental cements, fillings, gels, varnishes,

· floss, mouthwash and toothpaste, soft drinks, juices, and alcoholic beverages. Fluorinated compounds are also present in:

· pharmaceutical drugs,

· chemicals in carpets,

· cleaners,

· clothing,

· cookware,

· food packaging, paints, paper and related products.

There are also products made from hydrogen fluoride which include:

· aluminum,

· electrical components,

· fluorescent light bulbs,

· herbicides,

· high-octane gasoline,

· plastics,

· refrigerants, and

· etched metal and glass (such as that used in some electronic devices).

What levels of fluoride in water are deemed “safe”? For decades there have been disagreement on what the maximum contaminant level (MCL), for fluoride should be. It began at a low level, then it increased to 4 mg/L (ppm). This has been determined by the EPA. Due to lawsuits against the EPA to decrease the MCL, they enlisted the National Research Council (NRC) to evaluate fluoride risk. A report released in 2006 by the NRC noted that the EPA’s maximum contaminant level goal for fluoride should be lowered. Considering that a level determined to be too high is 4 ppm, fluoride is naturally present in soil and water, and many municipal water systems add 1 ppm, could the dose in your tap water be over a safe level?