Comment: You mentioned you're a dentist...

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You mentioned you're a dentist...

But I'm not so sure. I'm sniffing traditional pharmacy training in there somewhere...Regardless, I especially enjoyed this sentence, "...and as a dentist I will keep brushing my teeth with fluoridated toothpaste because it hardens enamel and makes it more caries resistant. I will also keep using my limited influence to stop public water fluoridation, because I strongly oppose the practice for both ethical and scientific reasons."

Why is brushing with fluoride any safer than drinking it (taking into account the obvious greater ingestion by drinking)? Is it really just a matter of degree, or is fluoride bad for you? Why would I want to poison my children, even if it's just placed in their mouths?