As most of my readers know, I don’t go to traditional medical docs by choice. But I was signed up for Medicaid by the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) when I turned the ripe young age of 60 something. I requested information for an article, and ended up on the rosters. Oh well, I don’t use it, don’t plan to, but keep an eye on it for curiosity’s sake.
So, while looking through my “benefits,” I came across two disturbing things:
- My medical provider is called Disease MGT
- My dental coverage includes something called “fluoride varnish.”
As if having a government entity blatantly tell the truth about being a disease management system instead of a health maintenance system wasn’t eye-opening enough, read the following about fluoride varnish, which seems to be all the going rage.
But first, some background information regarding sodium fluoride toxicity:
Two percent solutions of sodium fluoride may kill intestinal mucosal cells and result in severe hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. … Fluorosis affecting bone is not detectable until the water concentration exceeds at least 4 ppm.
[Ellenhorn, M.J. and D.G. Barceloux. Medical Toxicology – Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Poisoning. New York, NY: Elsevier Science Publishing Co., Inc. 1988. 531]**PEER REVIEWED**
So, we see that sodium fluoride in water at concentrations exceeding at least 4 ppm can result in dental fluorosis, and damage bone.
Ingestion of excess fluoride, most commonly in drinking-water, can cause fluorosis which affects the teeth and bones. Moderate amounts lead to dental effects, but long-term ingestion of large amounts can lead to potentially severe skeletal problems.
Colgate Fluoride Varnish contains 22,600 ppm sodium fluoride in a 50 dose container. This is used by dentists to paint on teeth for sensitivity relief.
That equates to 5,650 times the minimum dosage of 4 ppm in water that can cause dental fluorosis and damage bones.
So, just how many drops of Colgate PreviDent Varnish of 22,600 ppm sodium fluoride does it take to cause tooth and bone decay and outright poisoning? That’s a fair question.
But it’s not water, and you’re not supposed to swallow!
Hey, I’ve got news for ya, Bubby, if it’s in your mouth, you’re gonna swallow some. And at 22,600 ppm, it won’t take much.
Colgate® PreviDent® Varnish (Rx only)
FLAVORS AND SIZES
Product # Description 5430121 Raspberry 0.4 mL per unit dose (50 unit dose per box) 5430120 Mint 0.4 mL per unit dose (50 unit dose per box)
PreviDent® 5% Sodium Fluoride Varnish contains 22,600 ppm fluoride. It has a strong desensitizing action when applied to dental surfaces, treating hypersensitivity quickly and easily. This product sets rapidly on contact with saliva, resulting in patient comfort and acceptance. PreviDent® Varnish will leave a thin film on the teeth after application.
1 mL of this suspension contains 50 mg sodium fluoride, equivalent to 22.8 mg fluoride ion, in an alcoholic solution of synthetic resins.
PreviDent® Varnish is a topical fluoride for the treatment of dentinal sensitivity.
To be administered by the dental professional for the treatment of dentin hypersensitivity.
Directions for Use
Please observe when treating hypersensitive teeth
- Wash and dry tooth surface.
- Mix well prior to application.
- Apply product with supplied brush in the conventional manner.
- Thin excess varnish on the tooth’s surface until the varnish surface is dry.
- Covers even moist teeth with a coating of varnish film for several hours which occludes the openings of the dentinal tubules.
- Hardens on contact with saliva so the patient may leave immediately after application of the product.
- It is recommended that the patient be instructed to eat only soft foods for 2 hours after treatment.
Ulcerative gingivitis and stomatitis.
When PreviDent® Varnish is applied, other fluoride preparations such as fluoride gels should not be administered during the same day. The routine use of fluoride tablets should be interrupted for several days after treatment.
Edematous swellings have been reported only in rare instances in some fluoride varnish products, especially after application to extensive surfaces. Dyspnea, although extremely rare, has occurred in asthmatic children. Nausea has been reported when extensive applications have been made. If required, varnish film can be removed with a thorough brushing. Store in a cool, dry place.
I don’t know about you, but it seems pretty blatant and “in your face” that poisoning is a mere drop away at the dentist’s office, and that the Disease MGT section of your friendly local government will be more than happy to manage the diseases the medical/dental cartel causes. And don’t forget to give them an accurate listing of all your belongings, because according to the OHP, when you succumb to the onslaught of benevolent chemicals designed to ease you into that oh so early grave on a fractured skeleton with your teeth in a cup by the bed, the Disease MGT team will be taking notes. And correlating the results. And processing them into a database that will be kept for future research and experimentation. You can bet your bottom molars on that.
©2014 Barbara H. Peterson