Poison Center debunks myths about toothpaste
The Poison Center denied accusations about the toxicity of fluoride in toothpaste. Fluoridated toothpaste poses no health and in fact helps prevent tooth decay in both children and adults. The Poison Center calculated that a 30 pound child would have to consume an entire tube of toothpaste before reaching a fluoride overdose, and a full-grown adult would have to eat four. Crest, a toothpaste manufacturer, backs this up, adding that “occasionally swallowing a small amount of toothpaste is not a safety risk,” and that the “label cautions against swallowing because eating a large amount of toothpaste would be expected to cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea,” not solely from fluoride, but from a combination of toothpaste ingredients that are not meant to be consumed.
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