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Do You Limit Fluoride, a Neurotoxin?

Fluoride is in most of our city water, as well as in the toothpaste we brush with at least twice a day. Many years ago, it was determined that fluoride was needed to keep our teeth healthy, but is that the truth? Fluoride has been classified a neurotoxin.  Reducing and eliminating toxins can be beneficial in your healthy living journey.

Do Your Limit Your Fluoride, a Neurotoxin?
Fluoride is a compound of the element fluorine and another element, one of which may be sodium or salt. Fluorine is a poisonous gas that causes severe burns.

Fluoride was first added to drinking water in Michigan in 1945. By 1951 water fluoridation became public policy through the U.S. Public Health Services.  It was thought that fluoride in water, and in toothpaste, would help prevent tooth decay.

In the body, the majority of fluoride is found in bones, teeth, and calcified tissues.  The only advantage to consuming fluoride is said to prevent tooth decay, but is it really added fluoride that does that?

My Dad was born in 1933.  He did not grow up brushing or flossing his teeth often. He lived on a farm with water from a well that was not fluoridated. Most people did not brush, floss or have fluoridated  water in rural America at the time. Yet he did not have many cavities.  I also know that the food he ate had little sugar added.  I am not saying that brushing isn’t important, it is.  However, sugar in food can be the culprit for tooth decay. Brushing and flossing even without fluoride toothpaste, can help prevent cavities.

I know for me when I drastically reduced the amount of sugar I consumed, my teeth always felt smooth and clean. Even my hygienist would give me compliments on how well I must be brushing and flossing. I wasn’t doing anything different in brushing or flossing. In my opinion, it was the reduced sugar.

Fluoride has been classified as a neurotoxin in the same category as lead, mercury, and arsenic.  According to the MSDS, a neurotoxin is a toxic agent or substance that inhibits, damages or destroys the tissues of the nervous system, especially neurons, the conducting cells of your body’s central nervous system. It is the chronic exposure that can cause the problems. (You can also read what is the difference between natural fluoride and the fluoride chemically added to the water.) 

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to damage my nervous system.  I like my brain and want to keep it healthy. As I continue on my health journey, it is important for me to continue to reduce toxins I purposely put into my body in order to give my liver, gallbladder, and kidneys a fighting chance to detoxify my body.

I grew up having regular dental appointments.  At each dental appointment, the hygienist would fluoridate my teeth.  I would swish fluoride in my mouth and spit it out.  Several years ago that changed to painting fluoride on my teeth.  The unfortunate part was that it slowly peeled off, causing me to swallow it.

Have you ever read the box or tube for toothpaste with fluoride in it?  It goes something like this: Keep out of reach of children under the age of 6 and if more than what is normally used for brushing is swallowed, call poison control.  What?  Poison control! Something doesn’t sit right with me there.  Toxins and nutrients are absorbed into the directly into the bloodstream in the mouth, and I am brushing and fluoridating my teeth?  With the painted fluoride, not only is it in my mouth, I am swallowing all this fluoride after it peels off my teeth.  Nope, not for me.

I stopped allowing my dentist to fluoridate my teeth a few years ago.  I have also switched to natural toothpaste.  You will need to try a few to find one that works for you.
Desert Essence Toothpaste Neem Cinnamint 6.25 Ounce
Right now I am using Dessert Essence toothpaste. It is made of baking soda and essential oils. It may not be the perfect toothpaste. It has carrageenan in it. There is concern about that ingredient causing digestive problems. However, it does not have fluoride. I have tried a few other natural kinds of toothpaste and none of them “foam” up. Something about the foaming that makes me feel like I cleaned my teeth.  This one does that. So for now, I am using this one as I continue to research and learn about ingredients. I know some people make their own toothpaste, but for me, that isn’t a priority. For now, I am happy with this toothpaste.  For me as in all things health, it is baby steps.  I no longer have my teeth covered with fluoride every 6 months, and I don’t use toothpaste with fluoride.

However, I still haven’t completed the last step of getting fluoride out of my drinking water.  I do use a filter under my sink, but it does not take out the fluoride. I have been researching what is the best filter to remove all the toxins and contaminants in the water, yet leave in the minerals needed.

I can not find one water filter that does it all.  Well, that isn’t quite true, I have found the Berkey, however, I don’t want a separate system sitting in my kitchen.  The other systems all have flaws, and so, I haven’t made a decision yet.  I will get there.  It is a process.

I encourage you to do your research and decide for yourself and your health.  Read FluorideAlert.org‘s 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation as well as The American Dental Association‘s Fluoride in Water is a Good Thing.  Decide for yourself.

Do you have a water filter system that you use to get rid of fluoride and other toxins from your water? Let me know in the comments below.

Also, comment with what toothpaste you use and whether or not you still have the dental hygienist put fluoride on your teeth.  Why or why not?

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  1. I also recently had my dentist not put the fluoride on my teeth. It was the gel type and I didn’t like the taste. Now I am glad I do not let them do that. I didn’t know the impact to the nerves. That’s scary. I do use fluoride in my Tom’s of Maine toothpaste though. I previously had sensitive teeth and a sensitive toothpaste didn’t have fluoride in it. I can’t seem to find the brand again though. I will keep looking.

    We have been using Multi-pure water systems for years now. Our area doesn’t have fluoride in the water but it has a lot of iron and chlorine, so we use the filter in both our shower and sink because it tastes horrible.

    Thanks for sharing this important information.

  2. I chatted with my dentist who I love about this & he was not concerned about the fluoride. Like many traditional Drs who are not open to alternative approaches, I assumed that was his bias, even though he appears to eat healthy.
    I do think it is sugar in our diet & I have been reducing that. You’ve outlined many issues here to think about. We filter our water using a Brita. Not too effective for serious stuff.
    My main dental issue is having good breath.

    • Karen says:

      HI Ros, Thanks for reading and letting me know what you think. Glad it gave you food for thought. FYI, your breath may not be a dental issue as much as a gut issue. Most people don’t realize that bad breath’s main cause is poor digestion, acid reflux, etc. Keep searching for what it might be.

  3. Very interesting, Karen. I do filter my drinking water, and have been feeling the nudge to go to a natural toothpaste for a while. You just spurred me on again. And I had the same experience about sugar! My whole body goes into revolt when I consume it.
    Very informative blog! Thank you.

  4. I had no idea flouride was toxic. I always thought it was beneficial. Just a few weeks ago, my son had flouride applied as part of the city’s yearly health campaign for children. I’m interested in doing some further research into this.

    • Karen says:

      I encourage you to do more research on it. It is so important to be informed and then make the best choice you can for your family. I had fluoride treatments on my boys for years.

  5. Tamuria says:

    The debate about fluoride has been going on in this country for some time but it’s still in use at dentists and it is still added to the water so I guess the powers that be think its benefits outweigh the dangers. We have a jug to filter our water but it doesn’t take out the fluoride – I don’t think there’s one here that does. Reducing sugar intake is key to dental and body health. Great information which will make me rethink letting the dentist paint fluoride on my teeth. Thank you.

  6. Not sure I really limit mine… come to think of it… not sure if my toothpaste has it and then… I guess it does.. same with normal things as I don’t but things that filter it out of my water. Well, I do have a fridge water filter, but likely not for flouride, right? lol

    • Karen says:

      Kristen, right, I don’t know of any fridge filter that does handle fluoride, but there could be a new one I am not familiar with. Hope it gave you a few things to think about and maybe ask at your next dentist appointment.

  7. Nancy A says:

    I refuse to have a fluoride treatment at my dentists’ office and thankfully our city, Tucson does not add fluoride to our drinking water. What a relief. Thanks for writing about this health issue. I’ll pin and share it wherever I can. Nancy A.

  8. Kimberly says:

    We use a Vollara living water system, which is a separate system we keep in the laundry room and fill our pitcher that sits on the kitchen counter in there.
    I have made my own toothpaste using coconut oil, baking soda and essential peppermint oil. I like it, but I know what you mean about the foaming!

    • Karen says:

      Kimberly, thanks for telling me about Vollara, will check it out. Does it take a lot of maintenance: cleaning it, changing out the water?

  9. I think you can get poisoned by taking in too much of anything. Of all the things in the world that’s going to kill me, I will put fluoride at the bottom of the list. We are all terminal; it’s just a matter of when…and how ugly the process will be. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Point well taken, Jackie. However, when someone is struggling with chronic health issues, everything is cumulative and so you work on eliminating what you have control over. This is one I can have control over. My body is toxic, and I continue to work on reducing the amount of toxins I put in. My liver is strained, but improving and I believe it is due to putting less bad into my body in the first place. That is why I totally believe we each need to do our own research and decide for ourselves. The worst thing is to not know, it leads to a victim mentality. Plus I am going for the least ugly way to live and die. 🙂

  10. I believe that in Canada, dentists have not used fluoride for many years now. I don’t generally drink tap water and also cook with bottled water. I have been aware of the dangers of fluoride for a long, long time, along with the dangers of mercury fillings. Unfortunately most mainstream dentists are very old school in their beliefs, as I found out when I discussed mercury fillings with mine. Ultimately I opted to replace them all and he went along with me. It’s too bad that even with all the known dangers of fluoride that it is still put into most large city water systems. I also haven’t eaten sugar for a very long time. My dad who was born in 1916, also rarely went to the dentist and I believe he had very strong and healthy teeth with few cavities. Thanks for putting the spotlight on the dangers of fluoride, Karen, because like you, I know this is one neurotoxin, we have to be proactive about staying away from.

  11. Karen says:

    I love how you have taken care of your health, and therefore are enjoying the life in your years. Being as proactive as we can, can and will make a difference to how we feel and enjoy our years. I don’t think most of Europe allows fluoride in their water either. It might take time, but the USA will get there too.

  12. Hi Karen! This is a really good post. We’ve been using a Berkey water filter at our house for several years and have been very happy with it. The good thing about it being a separate system is that it’s portable and you can use it in emergencies when the water supply to your home might be cut off. It doesn’t remove beneficial minerals. If you want a filter that’s hooked up to your plumbing, you could consider a reverse osmosis system. It takes out fluoride along with other contaminants. There are RO systems available that have a remineralization stage to add good minerals back to the water. I have a few articles about these filters on my blog, if you’re interested.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Marge, I will be checking your blog out. I know I will figure this out and know which is best for our family as long as I keep researching and reading.

  13. Christy says:

    I have read a few articles that bring up concerns over fluoride. I haven’t changed my toothpaste, but I don’t get fluoride treatments at the dentist. Hedging my bets I guess you would say.

    • Karen says:

      At least you are aware and made that decision. It is important to know and decide for yourself what is best for you. Don’t forget about your drinking water too.

  14. Hi Karen 🙂
    Wow did not realize how bad fluoride really is? I knew about it being in the water (it is why I drink bottled), but now I need to rethink it in my toothpaste……..I will have to find one that works better, just so used to the taste of the popular ones 😉 I have been using Crest for so long, it will like you said, take “baby steps” to slowly move to another, much safer one 🙂

    Great post and awesome information 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. Ilka says:

    I love all the info in this article. There has been so much confusion going on about this topic. I know have found out that many of the bottled water brands I liked contain a substantial amount of fluoride – needless to say – I’m switching to safer brands! Pinning and stumbling!

  16. Joan Potter says:

    Karen – lots to think about here. You are right that Fluoride can cause neurotoxicity, and kidney damage as well. how much we get in our fluorinated water and toothpaste is probably good food for thought. I do know that all the gasses that we give patients for anesthesia have the potential to cause kidney damage because of the fluoride atoms on the molecules. There is a whole science to running accompanying O2 and air and N2O with our anesthetics to keep from harming the patients. Also – isn’t it ironic that Michigan was the first state to try to make their water healthier by fluorinating it – and now here we are with the Flint fiasco!

    • Karen says:

      Joan, thanks for mentioning the gases in anesthetics. It think people are so used to going under they forget that their are consequences, however small. I am not saying not to, but to know and do it knowing about it. Yes, it is ironic about Flint, MI. Thanks so much for commenting.

  17. Rachel Lavern says:

    We stopped using fluoride many years ago since reading many studies that confirmed that fluoride is a dangerous, toxic poison that bio-accumulates in the body while being entirely ineffective at preventing dental decay.

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