The Word on Fluoride

Fluoride Treatment Trays

If you were born in or around my generation and you had regular dental check-ups you will probably remember these…fluoride treatment trays. I’m not sure about you but I definitely do not associate these with fun times; in fact I distinctly remember watching a fellow patient as he “lost his lunch” shortly after the trays were inserted into his mouth! Needless to say, I never looked forward to this part of my dental visit…everything else seemed like a breeze in comparison!

Fluoride treatments, fluoride toothpaste, fluoridated water…all of these seem pretty commonplace, right? Did you also know that fluoride is contained in many well-known pharmaceuticals (e.g., Lipitor, Paxil, Cipro, Flonase)?

Fluoride is the only drug that is forced as mass medication of the population with no control of dosing (fluoridealert.org)

More and more information is coming to light, however, that shows the more fluoride does not equal the better! In fact, it has been linked to increased bone & tooth damage and it can have negative effects on many organs including the brain, liver, kidney, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, blood vessels, skin, and thyroid.

For example, fluoride displaces iodine in the body; iodine is detected in every organ and tissue in the body and especially high levels are found in the skin, eyes, thyroid, stomach, breast, saliva, heart, brain, lung, liver, ovaries, and adrenals. It is essential in pregnancy; in fact, severe iodine deficiency in pregnancy causes Cretinism (a severe form of mental retardation) in the infant.

Take a look at this infographic from the Fluoride Action Network.

Important Things to Note:

  • fluoride is an environmental toxin that pollutes both the air and the water
  • fluoride is a key ingredient in some pesticides & fumigants
  • Infants are the most vulnerable to fluoride toxicity which may affect not only their teeth in the future but it can also cause neurological impairment starting in infancy!
  • fluoride is more toxic than lead, but slightly less toxic than arsenic

What can you do to reduce your exposure to fluoride? Stay tuned!

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2 comments

  1. I completely agree with this!! Unfortunately, they teach that fluoride is a necessity for healthy teeth in dental & dental hygiene school, They teach the students that populations who aren’t exposed to fluoride in the water have rotten teeth(which is not true). Since they learned it in school it must be true.

    • Yes!! I think the average person believes this (or has at one point), especially since we are constantly being told that fluoride will prevent cavities. Makes me wonder what role Crest, Colgate and other such companies have within the education system (e.g., are they funding schools, providing scholarships, etc.).


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