For many years now, fluoride has been known to help prevent tooth decay. It has been put into much of the water supply and is found in most toothpaste. However, a larger question looms as to the amount of fluoride that should be ingested.

Most toothpaste actually warns people to only use a small amount. For example, in Colgate toothpaste it states that "Children 2- 6 years: Use only a pea sized amount and supervize child's brushing and rinsing (to minimize swallowing). Warning: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age in case of accidental ingestion. In case of accidental ingestion, seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control Center immediately." Remember, this is toothpaste we are talking about.

What is now being found is that flouride is causing dull white splotches on people's teeth, called fluorosis, which once there cannot be removed.

As fluoride is added to the water supply, all products made with the water will have fluoride in it eg. fruit juices. Therefore, it is likely that many people are ingesting more fluoride than they need to and that for some people this may lead to serious consequences.

Fluoride is known to be very toxic, even in relatively small amounts and has been shown to to be a cause of cancer and bone, kidney and neurological diseases. Fluoride is an accumulative poison. It builds up in the body and does not just go away. Therefore, people with kidney and bladder problems may not excrete it properly and may have greater problems.

The concern of fluoridation of the water supply has raised many objections over the years, both in the USA and in Europe. Some countries have decided not to fluoridate the water, citing it as a health hazard. Other countries have adopted it much more widely.

Considering that their are so many factors that influence our health today and that the individual make up of people will influence the effect of fluoride on them, it is going to be hard to know how damaging the use of fluoride is, but the fact that more and more people are showing adverse signs of fluoridation on their teeth indicates that it should be looked into more closely.