Fluoride in Your Toothpaste…and the growing concerns about fluoride everywhere

29 Jun

When my dentist recently pointed to her connection to the American Dentists Association as the reason that she would not be negative about fluoride toothpaste I pushed a little harder. When I asked her opinion of my views regarding Fluoride Toothpaste (explained during the slurring and bubbling accompanying a dental exam) she essentially agreed with my views and then went on to explain her connection to the ADA again.

So, read this book…” The Fluoride Deception” by Christopher Bryson. This is one of the best reads from last year for me. I’m taking interest in it again since our 4.5 year old twins had a recent examination, had their TOPICAL twice a year fluoride treatment and were given the all clear…this after NEVER using Fluoride toothpaste. I find the book fascinating since it deals with exposure to a chemical that the majority of adults simply throw into their mouth two or three times a day because “mom said so”. In fact, I asked my own mother why we started using fluoride toothpaste and she gave me the pulpit speech re. prevention of cavities. Ah – the power of marketing.

Our family doesn’t use fluoridated toothpaste and drinks from a well (fortunately). I recommend Tom’s of Maine toothpaste personally.

If a Nobel Prize Winner reviews the book with “It is my sincere hope that Christopher Bryson’s apparently thorough and comprehensive perusal of the scientfic literature on the biological actions of fluoride and the ensuing debates through the years will receive the attention it deserves and that its implications will be seriously considered.” you might take interest in reading it.

If you knew that a group of EPA scientists were demanding the protection of water resources you might be interested.

With the increasing concern about Teflon and PFOA people are abandoning their teflon pans…maybe they are trying to save their parrots from poisoning? Meanwhile lawsuits abound over fluorinated compounds such as PFOA and companies are concerned over their association with perfluorinated compounds overall. So….fluorine bad? Fluoride bad?

Meanwhile, many people put a stripe of toothpaste in their mouths on a daily basis without knowing why exactly…other than the power of marketing. So, while I certainly don’t recommend stopping brushing your teeth what I do encourage is informing yourself about why fluoride found its way into toothpaste, some of the interesting work reported in recent years and the politics involved with big business. The Fluoride Deception is a great read.

Likely this might start a flame war between the pro- and anti- “fluoridaters”. OK.


About tony

Antony (Tony) J. Williams received his BSc in 1985 from the University of Liverpool (UK) and PhD in 1988 from the University of London (UK). His PhD research interests were in studying the effects of high pressure on molecular motions within lubricant related systems using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He moved to Ottawa, Canada to work for the National Research Council performing fundamental research on the electron paramagnetic resonance of radicals trapped in single crystals. Following his postdoctoral position he became the NMR Facility Manager for Ottawa University. Tony joined the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York as their NMR Technology Leader. He led the laboratory to develop quality control across multiple spectroscopy labs and helped establish walk-up laboratories providing NMR, LC-MS and other forms of spectroscopy to hundreds of chemists across multiple sites. This included the delivery of spectroscopic data to the desktop, automated processing and his initial interests in computer-assisted structure elucidation (CASE) systems. He also worked with a team to develop the worlds’ first web-based LIMS system, WIMS, capable of allowing chemical structure searching and spectral display. With his developing cheminformatic skills and passion for data management he left corporate America to join a small start-up company working out of Toronto, Canada. He joined ACD/Labs as their NMR Product Manager and various roles, including Chief Science Officer, during his 10 years with the company. His responsibilities included managing over 50 products at one time prior to developing a product management team, managing sales, marketing, technical support and technical services. ACD/Labs was one of Canada’s Fast 50 Tech Companies, and Forbes Fast 500 companies in 2001. His primary passions during his tenure with ACD/Labs was the continued adoption of web-based technologies and developing automated structure verification and elucidation platforms. While at ACD/Labs he suggested the possibility of developing a public resource for chemists attempting to integrate internet available chemical data. He finally pursued this vision with some close friends as a hobby project in the evenings and the result was the ChemSpider database ( Even while running out of a basement on hand built servers the website developed a large community following that eventually culminated in the acquisition of the website by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Tony joined the organization, together with some of the other ChemSpider team, and became their Vice President of Strategic Development. At RSC he continued to develop cheminformatics tools, specifically ChemSpider, and was the technical lead for the chemistry aspects of the Open PHACTS project (, a project focused on the delivery of open data, open source and open systems to support the pharmaceutical sciences. He was also the technical lead for the UK National Chemical Database Service ( and the RSC lead for the PharmaSea project ( attempting to identify novel natural products from the ocean. He left RSC in 2015 to become a Computational Chemist in the National Center of Computational Toxicology at the Environmental Protection Agency where he is bringing his skills to bear working with a team on the delivery of a new software architecture for the management and delivery of data, algorithms and visualization tools. The “Chemistry Dashboard” was released on April 1st, no fooling, at, and provides access to over 700,000 chemicals, experimental and predicted properties and a developing link network to support the environmental sciences. Tony remains passionate about computer-assisted structure elucidation and verification approaches and continues to publish in this area. He is also passionate about teaching scientists to benefit from the developing array of social networking tools for scientists and is known as the ChemConnector on the networks. Over the years he has had adjunct roles at a number of institutions and presently enjoys working with scientists at both UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University. He is widely published with over 200 papers and book chapters and was the recipient of the Jim Gray Award for eScience in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded the North Carolina ACS Distinguished Speaker Award.
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