Do you remember when they used to have dental day at school? They would give you the chewable red tablets and you chewed them up and if part of your teeth stayed red that meant you had a cavity! That treatment alone can cause fluorosis on teeth(those are 1000x more concentrated than toothpaste levels…why on earth would we put that in our kids’ mouths?!) Scary fact: the number one reason for poison control calls concerning fluoride is kids eating toothpaste! It can be harmful to the brain, stomach, intestines, bones and heart.
Holly Haze has been off the fluoride wagon for a long time and explains. “I have not used fluoride toothpaste in 13 years and most definitely avoid drinking it and I will tell you why. What you need to know is fluoride can cause cancer, brittle bones, dental fluorosis (white spots on the teeth), and neurological impairment. Fluoride lowers the pH of water, meaning it makes it acidic. The theory behind this was to have the acid in our mouths eat bacteria. Good concept, but too many dangers come with it.”
Skeletal fluorosis is a result of the liver being unable to process the fluoride (remember how smart the body is? Don’t worry, I’ll keep reminding you). Fluoride causes arthritis…yep. Once the liver is unable to process it, it has no choice but to enter the blood stream where it combines with leeched calcium.
Fluoride is part of the halogen family, as is iodine. Iodine helps the thyroid, fluoride does not. Fluoride actually kills cells and drastically reduces thyroid function.
Fluoride affects sleep cycles. It interferes with the pineal gland which is in charge of body rhythms. This pineal gland is also plays a huge role in puberty….so an abundance of fluoride can cause early onset puberty.
Drinking fluorinated water can cause fertility issues in both men and women.
Fluoride is harmful to our kidneys. As a matter of fact, chronic kidney disease has been directly linked to areas where water contained higher fluoride levels.
Fluoride causes cardiovascular inflammation.
Fluoride impacts children’s neural development, so much so that children living in highly fluorinated areas have up to FIVE times greater chance of having a low IQ.
In 2001, the CDC did acknowledge “The prevalence of dental caries (cavities) in a population is not inversely related to the concentration of fluoride in the enamel, and higher concentrations of enamel fluoride is not necessarily more efficacious in preventing dental caries.”
State health departments lists sodium fluoride as a hazardous substance with facts sheets for it. It’s listed as a ‘serious hazard rating’.
Health departments note things like “damage to developing fetus, effects on kidneys, and fluorosis which can cause pain, disability and mottling of teeth.
Holly continues, “If fluoride gets out in to the air, it is a pollutant; if it gets in to a lake or river, it’s a pollutant; but added to municipal water and it’s suddenly not? That is mind-boggling. Don’t take my word for it, watch the documentary called ‘Fluoride, Poison on Tap’. You won’t want it in or near you or your kids.”
There are plenty of options for how to clean your teeth without fluoride. Holly’s favorite toothpaste is Jason Sea Fresh, but you can even use baking soda and salt. Most water filters do NOT remove fluoride…..reverse osmosis does. You can do a search to find out which bottled brand is free of fluoride…currently 127 brands from which to choose.