Screen Readers Skip to Content

Fluoride from Tea and Toothpaste Weakens Bones

Published: 2010-11-01
Author: NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A

Synopsis: Fluoride added to water intending to reduce tooth decay accumulates in and can weaken bones. Fluoride consumption from tea and toothpaste damaged a woman's bones, report researchers in Osteoporosis International published online October 9, 2010.

advertisements

Main Digest

Fluoride consumption from tea and toothpaste damaged a woman's bones, report researchers in Osteoporosis International published online October 9, 2010.

This article is from our digest of publications relating to Bones and Joints that also includes:

Fluoride, added to water intending to reduce tooth decay, accumulates in and can weaken bones. To prevent bone damage or skeletal fluorosis, in 1986 EPA set 4mg/L as water fluoride's maximum-contaminant-level. In 2006, the National Research Council reported that 4 mg/L is too high to protect health. Some brewed teas contain almost twice that concentration.

This case describes a 53-year-old British woman with a broken bone in her foot and abnormally dense bones and badly decayed teeth.

"A striking feature of our case was the very high serum, urine, nail and bone fluoride levels, to our knowledge the highest ever reported in a patient with [skeletal] fluorosis," the research team writes.

Her standard breakfast tea measured 7.6 mg/L fluoride. She drank six 8-ounce-cups daily, made with low-fluoride water (0.3 mg/L) and therefore 11 milligrams of fluoride daily.

She brushed her teeth 8-10 times a day. "...it is not uncommon to swallow about 25% of the toothpaste applied to the brush," report the researchers estimating their patient's fluoride intake from toothbrushing at 4 mg/daily.

Adding 2-3 mg of fluoride from other dietary sources, this woman ingested "a chronic daily dose of 17-18 mg [daily], an amount sufficient to cause the skeletal changes...," the researchers report.

Bone sample analysis revealed fluoride at a greatly elevated 15,144 mg/kg bone ash, above the level the National Research Council reports is indicative of stage III crippling skeletal fluorosis.

Since this patient didn't complain of usual skeletal fluorosis symptoms - stiffness, joint pain, etc., or dental mottling, "[t]he case emphasizes the need to exclude [skeletal] fluorosis in individuals with unexpectedly high BMD [Bone Mass Density] levels," the researchers conclude.

Skeletal fluorosis afflicts millions worldwide from industrial pollution or drinking water with naturally high fluoride levels, e.g. India, China, and Africa.

Previously published European and North American skeletal fluorosis cases were caused by excessive consumption of fluoride-containing tea or wine, fluoride-containing mineral water or fluoridated toothpaste.

"These studies report the effects of excessively high daily fluoride intake, but detrimental effects are also documented to occur gradually and insidiously at much lower levels," says Attorney Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation.

More about skeletal fluorosis: www.fluoridealert.org/s-fluorosis.htm

Post to Twitter Add to Facebook

Disabled World is an independent disability community established in 2004 to provide disability news and information to people with disabilities, seniors, their family and/or carers. See our homepage for informative news, reviews, sports, stories and how-tos. You can also connect with us on Twitter and Facebook or learn more about Disabled World on our about us page.

advertisements

Disabled World provides general information only. The materials presented are never meant to substitute for professional medical care by a qualified practitioner, nor should they be construed as such. Financial support is derived from advertisements or referral programs, where indicated. Any 3rd party offering or advertising does not constitute an endorsement.


Cite This Page (APA): NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation. (2010, November 1). Fluoride from Tea and Toothpaste Weakens Bones. Disabled World. Retrieved August 19, 2022 from www.disabled-world.com/health/orthopedics/fluoride-bones.php

Permalink: <a href="https://www.disabled-world.com/health/orthopedics/fluoride-bones.php">Fluoride from Tea and Toothpaste Weakens Bones</a>