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.
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.
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?