Fluoride Free Thursday


In the early 1900s, a young dentist named Frederick McKay moved to a Colorado town where the residents’ teeth — though in some cases stained chocolate brown — had far less decay than was typical back then. He and other researchers eventually linked the phenomenon to fluoride in the town’s drinking water — a eureka moment that would usher in what is often called one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1945 became the first city to fluoridate its water supplies. Today, two out of every three Americans receive drinking water containing the chemical, and the federal government is pushing to raise the numbers further.

Yet few substances found in drinking water trigger as emotional and polarized a public reaction as fluoride. In the fevered imaginations of conspiracy theorists, including members of the John Birch Society, fluoridation was denounced as a Communist plot, a view satirized in the film “Dr. Strangelove.”

It turns out that, when it comes to fluoride, there is a risk of getting too much. Abundant evidence suggests that while a small dose of the chemical can help prevent cavities, some American children are being exposed to amounts of fluoride that could be harmful to their teeth — and, possibly, even damaging to their brain development. A key reason is that our daily exposure to fluoride has been increasing for years, with the chemical used in everyday items such as bottled drinks, processed foods, toothpastes and mouthwashes, along with pesticide residues and even the air, thanks to industrial emissions.


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11 Responses to Fluoride Free Thursday

  1. Den says:

    I had to look a lot to find toothpaste without fluoride, Tom’s of Maine makes some so that is what I use to avoid over-fluoridation.


  2. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    When I was a little kid in early grade school, we had to have fluoride treatments. We’d go to a room where we sat in chairs and they swabbed fluoride onto our teeth and we had to hold our mouths open for awhile. I don’t remember the details though. Almost seems that they had something in my mouth that held my mouth open, but I’m not sure. They did it a couple times to us, I think.

    I have had terrible teeth, lots of work on them, many crowns in my mouth but at least I kept my teeth and don’t have false teeth. Thanks to Bob, he had to pay for it all. We’ve never had dental insurance.

    My kids have good teeth, which has been amazing to me. Just a couple fillings, I think. Jill has a filling in a baby tooth that never came out.


  3. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Doc, you better write down and put it in your wallet, or memorize the drugs you take in case you’re ever taken to a hospital, or have to see a different doctor. They all want to know what drugs you take, what supplements, etc.


  4. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    I liked yesterday’s Bad Lip Reading. I just posted that one on FB and tagged Pete. He saw it right away and showed it to Nicholas who loved it, said it was the best Christmas song ever, lol.


  5. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Jill came over around noon to hang out and we didn’t bother watching Z Nation, we just talked. I got to hear the story of when Brian proposed again with additional details. I think she stayed a little over 3 hours. Had to get home to play with Quincy, plus his dog friend, Snickers, was over for the day. She wanted to take them out. She had anew winter coat made for Quincy. She sent me a picture of the two dogs standing in the LR, ready to go out, and Snickers was wearing Quincy’s old coat. It was sooooo cute! I wish there was an easy way to post a damn picture here like there is on FB.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Raining. Which might take care of the snow shoveling task.


  7. Den says:

    When squirrels fly:


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