In the near future, I plan to post a really fantastic product review on something (that doesn’t have fluoride) that really helps teeth. However, the controversy on fluoride is so extensive, I believe I need to write up a post just to set-up the foundation for the particular product I’m reviewing. So, check back next week for a healthy option to fluoridated toothpaste. Meanwhile. read on to learn why fluoride is evil and leads to cellular death AND tooth decay. Intrigued? I thought you would be.
My sister-in-law first piqued my interest on tooth soap by citing research about the negative effects of fluoride on teeth and overall health. I decided to read about it, and I began my quest at Inspired Living where I found a lot of information. I was bummed that the specific journal references were missing from the facts, but I kept digging for more info.
I decided to do my own research on Medline to find any current literature on the efficacy of water fluoridation. For a key word search for articles, I typed in “fluoridation and bone health”.
Interestingly, Fluorine is the most electronegative element in the periodic table of elements. It has an extreme affinity for other positive charges to complete it’s highly reactive state. As a result, fluorine or sodium fluoride can break hydrogen-oxygen bonds of other compounds, and cause free radicals to form. On numerous research sites, I read some variation of the following information:
What’s the Deal with Free Radicals?
Free radicals are highly volatile unpaired electrons that quickly react with other compounds (seeking and destroying weak bonds) in order to capture a necessary electron to gain stability. When a molecule is “attacked” by a free radical, it then becomes a free radical. Then, an ugly chain reaction of molecule bullying and breaking has begun. When free radicals naturally occur to fight viruses and bacteria, that’s not a big blow to the body’s immune system.
But, when the body’s threshold is overloaded with free radicals due to environmental toxins (pollution, second-hand cigarette smoke, pharmacological drugs, lack of sleep, pesticides, BPA, etc.) and the body doesn’t have enough anti-oxidants (vitamins C & E donate a pair of electrons) to pair with the volatile electron-mongering free radicals, THEN problems arise. In this day and age, a constant barrage of free radicals is easy to come by . . . so why intentionally ingest them along with drinking water?
[Read more about basic chemistry and get info on free radicals and antioxidants from healthchecksystems.]
Cavity and Water Fluoridation Research
I found a study that analyzed the trends in dental decay from 1992 to 1998 in two towns in Finland which had low fluoridation and they completely ceased fluoridation. Random samplings of 1500+ children ages 3 to 15 from 1992 to 1998 were examined for dental caries [tooth decay] and the abstract of the study concluded:
The fact that no increase in caries was found in [the town of] Kuopio despite discontinuation of water fluoridation and decrease in preventive procedures suggests that not all of these measures were necessary for each child.
In 2005, a Chinese Journal of Hygiene Research concluded that over 2.0 mg/L fluoride in drinking water can cause renal damage in children, and the damage degree increases with the drinking water fluoride content. Renal damage degree was mainly due to water fluoride concentration.
A follow-up study was published in Environmental Research in 2007. Researchers found that the fluoride levels in serum and urine of children in China increased as the levels of drinking water fluoride increased. The study concluded,
Drinking water fluoride levels over 2.0mg/L can cause damage to liver and kidney functions in children and that the dental fluorosis was independent of damage to the liver but not the kidney.
More Freaky Fluoride Facts
But, don’t take my word or research skills for it, read for yourself.
Read the Fluoride Debate which is a response to the American Dental Association’s Fluoridation Facts.
Check out the politically active Fluoride Action Network for up to date info on Fluoride.
Read the Flouride Research Journal.
Read more on the toxic effects of fluoridation in your water from the holistic med site.
Read America: Overdosed on Fluoride by Lynn Landes and Maria Beches.
If you’re more of a visual learner, check out the photos of teeth (dental fluoridation) and water pipes with fluoridation from the site Fluoride: Protected Pollutant or Panacea?
So fluoride in my water and toothpaste is more harmful than helpful, now what?
No, you don’t have to use your bar soap on your teeth if you don’t want to (although, that would work just as well). There’s actually an option that’s helpful and tastes pretty minty fresh. Check back next week for more.
–This is an original Traveling with Baby post by Dr. Dolly Garnecki