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Sodium Fluoride, USP

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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I live in Durham (64 years old), and my dentist is suggesting I use a fluoride mouthwash in addition to the fluoridation of the Durham city water. He says that the benefit of the fluoride in the water is that it bathes the teeth during drinking, rather than the internal absorption. Durham City water contains about 1 mg/liter of H2SiF6. The mouthwashes contain 0.02% NaF (200 mg/L). If I start using the mouthwash every night (without swallowing it), could I be getting too much fluoride?

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