Now over and over again, people are always stating, who and what do we listen to?
Well I'm in the same situation as everyone else. Anyone who knows my daughter, knows she has horrible teeth. The poor child has been through two dental surgeries and too be honest, nothing has helped her situation. In the beginning I was to blame, (I was young and dumb at one time too) I was guilty of smoking around my child, this in combination with too much sugar, apple juice etc....
Now after surgeries, dental care treatments, daily dental regimens and the worst yet......drum roll please.....we were told to give her fluoride tabs. Now like any other parent, I trust the word of my dentist. (Now for all those dentist out there, I am well aware that you all have various opinions and this is not a reflection on every dentist...hope that gets me out of any kind of claims).
Now her father and I are equally to blame here. We didn't do our research. We just blindly gave her these tablets. Well let me tell you, I'm PISSED.
Based on what I've read, fluoride should never be ingested. Fluoride has many faces of toxicity. Once ingested fluoride binds to calcium. Initially it disrupts the intestinal tract. Leading to corrosion and and GI irritation, this is the most commonly affected organ.
Once it binds to the calcium ions it immediately starts having direct effects. It disrupts the oxidation process, blood coagulation, glucose processing and neurotransmisson.
It can lead to the releasing extra potassium, hyper-salivation causing, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Just to instill a little more fear, severe toxicity can result in multi organ failure, respiratory paralysis and cardiac failure.
Now slow down the beating hearts. When applied topically fluoride is the best thing since sliced bread. It strengthens enamel and it fights and prevents cavities.
So how can you tell when you've been over exposed?
Gastro pain, nausea, vomiting and headaches also look for white spots on the teeth. Unfortunately most people mistake their symptoms for other ailments. My advice, find a good hygienist. Now that the option for them to be independent is there, it may be a more cost and time effective way to get an idea of what your looking at.