I have been using fluoride-free toothpaste for my whole life (thanks, Mama!) and have really good teeth. Despite what we’ve been brainwashed into thinking, fluoride is not necessary for our dental care. There are many studies that prove this and also prove that fluoride is detrimental to your health and the health of your family.
What Is Fluoride?
Contrary to popular belief, the sodium fluoride added to toothpaste is not a natural substance, it is a toxic drug. Sodium fluoride is a synthetic waste by-product from the fertiliser, aluminium and nuclear industries. Already loaded with lead and aluminium, sodium fluoride can combine with other toxic substances and increase their potency.
That “Do Not Swallow” warning on your toothpaste probably makes a bit more sense to you now, doesn’t it?!
Eight Health Problems Caused By Fluoride
1. Tooth Decay
Fluoride can cause a type of tooth decay called dental fluorosis most commonly found in children. The average child has been found to swallow as much as 33% of the toothpaste applied to their brush.
2. Gum Damage
Fluoride poisons enzyme activity and slows down the ability of the gums to repair themselves.
3. Weakened Immune System
Sodium fluoride has been found to weaken the immune system and can damage the kidneys and liver. Symptoms of fluoride toxicity include fatigue, muscle pain and memory loss.
Once in the brain, fluoride can calcify the pineal gland which is responsible for the natural production of melatonin which is essential for good sleep.
5. Bone Fractures and Skeletal Fluorosis
Too much fluoride weakens bones which can lead to fractures. Skeletal fluorosis is similar to arthritis with symptoms such as joint pain, stiffness, and weakness.
6. Endocrine Disruption
Fluoride lowers thyroid functions and increases tumour formation and cancer rate.
7. Neurotoxicity and Neurobehavioral Effects
Fluoride was officially classified as a neurotoxin by The Lancet in 2016. Studies have shown that fluoride can cause lower IQ, behavioural issues and Alzhiemer-like symptoms.
8. Reproductive Issues
Fluoride damages sperm, increases infertility and may cause premature births.
As the fluoride-free movement grows there are more and more amazing fluoride-free toothpaste options available. You can find whitening ones, minty ones and even yummy strawberry flavoured ones for the kids. Your teeth won’t even notice the fluoride is gone but the rest of your body will be happy that it is.