Fact or fable: is fluoride in toothpaste unhealthy?


Fluoride is on the list of toxic substances

There’s a long list of all kinds of many-syllabled ingredients on pretty much all of our cosmetic products. These are chemical components that enable the product to do its job properly. We’re all familiar with one of the ingredients of toothpaste: fluoride. That’s because once in a while, there’s a big fuss about this substance because it’s said to be harmful. So, what’s the deal?

Is fluoride actually bad for you?

Tooth enamel

“Nine out of ten dentists recommends this toothpaste!” This is a slogan we often hear in toothpaste commercials, spoken by people with a bunch of extremely straight, white teeth. But what do dentists recommend? A toothpaste that strengthens the enamel of your teeth and helps decrease the chance of caries. Fluoride is the ingredient in toothpaste that strengthens the enamel and thus helps your teeth be protected against caries. However, fluoride has been on a list of toxic substances since 2014. How can that be?

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