Fluoride: Friend or Foe?

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What is fluoride and how does it work?

Fluoride matches calcium in composition, and it can substitute calcium in the crystals that make up the tooth’s enamel. Fluoride produces a stronger crystal, but is more porous, which makes the tooth more resilient to decay. While fluoride can be beneficial for someone susceptible to tooth decay, it can also damage certain organs and functions in the body.

When should I use fluoride?

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Can fluoride be beneficial for the teeth? Yes, in some situations it can be. If applied directly to the tooth, fluoride removes plaque and strengthens the tooth, but the chemical should only be applied exactly where it is needed (i.e. a very shallow cavity, a vulnerable base, a region of acidic degradation).

When should I avoid fluoride?

Using too much fluoride on your teeth may create severe dental issues, such as:

  • Diminishing the teeth and making them more vulnerable
  • Creating unsightly white and brown spots on the teeth
  • Destroying calcium absorption enzymes, making the teeth less able to absorb calcium
  • Weakening bones and ligaments, and possibly causing muscle fatigue or nervous system disorders

Why fluoride in water is dangerous

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Fluoride is usually applied to water to treat our teeth, not to enhance its drinkability.

 What fluoride does to the body

  • Studies have demonstrated that fluoride enhances aluminum absorption by the brain, a mineral present in the brain for most people with Alzheimer’s.
  • Ingesting too much fluoride can also cause weakened bones, as well as osteoporosis.
  • Additional fluoride can affect the joints, muscles and nerves, resulting in rigid muscles, organ degeneration and neurological issues.

How to remove fluoride from water

Holistic dental care professionals recommend a water filtration system to remove fluoride found in tap water.

Alternatives to fluoride toothpaste

While you can avoid fluoride in your water by using a filter, it is often hard to find generic toothpastes that are fluoride free. Nonetheless, there are some ways around it. Bentonite clay can be applied to problem areas; it helps remove plaque without damaging enamel. MI Paste is also a good alternative recommended by natural dentists; it can help condition, protect and rebuild the tooth’s enamel. Another option is to use a hydrogen peroxide and salt rinse, which will alkalize the mouth.

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