Public water fluoridation has been going on in our country for over 60 years. The idea initially came about because it was thought that those people who didn’t regularly brush their teeth would then have the same (alleged) health benefits as those who brushed on a regular basis, especially children. There is much being said by experts on both sides, but we believe in non-fluoridation. We’ll also talk about some natural alternatives to help keep your teeth healthy.
First of all, the simple fact that fluoride is added to our drinking water without our consent is disconcerting. In essence, a form of medication (as classified by the FDA) is being delivered via the water supply. European countries have rejected fluoridation of their water for that very reason. In the United States, we drink more fluoridated water than the rest of the world combined. Yet, the facts indicate that tooth decay has declined over the past 60 years in all developed countries whether or not drinking water was fluoridated. Another issue would be how to accurately control the amounts of fluoride individuals receive and/or how to monitor their responses. Fluoride is considered toxic by many experts, so in that case, wouldn’t it be doing more harm than good? In addition, concern has been raised that fluoride may not only affect our teeth, but our bones, brain (including lowering IQ’s), thyroid gland, pineal gland, and blood sugar levels. Children are particularly at risk.
What we also have to take into account is that we are not only exposed to fluoride from our water supply and fluoride-containing toothpastes, but there are food sources, as well. Beverages, soups, infant formulas, some marine fish, and mechanically deboned meat are also forms of exposure. And, last but not least, since it is now widely recognized that fluoride’s only real benefit comes from TOPICAL contact with our teeth, adding it to water offers little benefit. Ingested fluoride simply does not work and can be toxic.
Of course, those on the pro side of water fluoridation feel strongly that it strengthens tooth enamel while preventing decay, cavities and tooth loss. As always, we encourage you to become informed on this issue and make your own decision.
HOW TO NATURALLY KEEP TEETH HEALTHY
Eating good fats (such as avocados, coconut oil, nuts and seeds) and getting optimal doses of Vitamin D are just a few examples of things we can do to maintain healthy teeth. There are also some healthy alternatives to conventional store-bought toothpaste, such as using baking soda and water. Theobromine, which is found in cacao extract, has also shown promise (you can check out “mercola.com” for more information). Coconut oil is great for cavity prevention. A technique called “oil pulling” is not only good for oral health, but our overall health, as well. To perform it, you swish the coconut oil (one of the better oil choices for this technique) in your mouth, “pulling” it between your teeth for about 20 minutes. Oil is then discarded (never swallowed).
TRY THIS HOMEMADE TOOTHPASTE RECIPE:
4 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon stevia
20 drops peppermint oil (essential)
20 drops trace minerals