Smile ... It's Time To Say Goodbye To Fluoride
Source: Phil Garner, Owner, Garner's Garden - Fluoride Free since 2013!
We’ve all been to the dentist, and heard that all too familiar diagnosis: brush better, floss more, gargle and spit. Then they give us a toothbrush that’s a size too small, some dinosaur floss, and a little tube of toothpaste containing fluoride and artificial sweeteners that we toss because we have a bigger bottle sitting at home on our bathroom counter.
But new studies are finding that the toothpaste many of us have been using for most of our lives may actually be doing more harm than good. Is fluoride in toothpaste bad for you?
In this blog we’ll dig deep into the dangers of fluoride in toothpaste, and why this common oral care ingredient may slowly be killing us all.
WHAT IS FLUORIDE?
Fluoride is a mineral form of the chemical fluorine, a highly toxic natural halogen gas that is reactive with most of the other elements found on the periodic table.
It’s found naturally in our bodies, as well as in soil, rocks, hot springs, and groundwater. It’s also used in a variety of dental products, and has been preached as a cavity-preventing tooth protector for decades. (1)
But here’s what many people don’t know…
Fluoride Is Toxic
Although fluoride is found in toothpaste and public water supplies (in small amounts), fluoride is not edible and can actually be bad for you. In fact, new studies suggest that any amount of fluoride ingested in our bodies is too much.
Lita Lee, Ph.D., author of the 2005 paper “Fluoride – Modern Toxic Waste,” writes that even low doses of fluoride are dangerous over time because of the mineral’s cumulative hazards to human health.
She cites the U.S. Center for Disease Control and the Safe Water Foundation, which reported 30,000-50,000 of fluoride-related excess deaths were in places where the public water contains only one ppm of fluoride. (2)
This doesn’t even take into account the documented bone conditions like osteoporosis, skin disorders like rashes and acne, and gastrointestinal disorders like pancreatitis that are caused by the cumulative intake of fluoride. (3)
Fluoride Causes Brain Damage
Many people don’t know this, but fluoride is used in medical imaging scans, to make toxic cleaning products, in the production of Teflon, and in pesticides like rat poison – all of which are toxic to humans and animals. (1)
Harvard University, in association with the National Institute of Health, found that fluoride is a developmental neurotoxin that can lower IQ levels and dangerously affect learning and memory. (4)
… AND WE PUT THIS IN OUR MOUTHS!
And the Harvard study isn’t the only one to connect fluoride with brain damage.
23 human studies and 100 animal studies (AND COUNTING) have connected fluoride to learning disabilities and behavioral disorders, such as ADHD, ADD, depression, and bipolar disorder. And further studies are only revealing more side effects of fluoride on the brain. (5)
Fluoride Slows Down Thyroid Function
The human thyroid is essential for controlling metabolic function, growth, development, and maintaining brain development for the young.
But the human thyroid also absorbs fluoride. This is bad because fluoride inhibits cell function, and can actually cause cell death. (6)
Fluoride is so detrimental to thyroid function that it is actually used to treat individuals with hyperactive thyroids to slow down thyroid activity, which begs the question…
Why would you put something in your mouth that doctors prescribe to slow the body down?
Too much fluoride and too sluggish a thyroid can lead to joint pain, heart disease, and other side effects that can lead to both short-term and long-term health problems. (7)
Fluoride Is Especially Dangerous To Children And Animals
Fluoride-based toothpastes are not recommended for children six years old or younger. It even says it right there on the tube.
Because fluoride is TOXIC!
It’s almost impossible to get children not to swallow toothpaste and using toothpaste with fluoride can decelerate their cerebral development, which is why it is bad for you.
A recent study found that the number one reason for calls to poison control centers regarding fluoride is from children swallowing too much toothpaste, so simply having it in the house is a risk with small children around. (8) (9)
Fluoride is also dangerous for animals, and most dentists and veterinarians recommend it not be used on or around your pet.
This is because fluoride can cause kidney damage in animals due to their high-fluoride sensitivity and tendency to ingest the toxic mineral. (1)
With the unusually high amount of fluoride in many public water supplies, plus the fluoride found in many toothpastes and mouthwashes, fluorosis is becoming more and more common nationwide.
WHAT IS FLUOROSIS?
Fluorosis is a dental condition where the enamel in our teeth actually changes.
Sounds pretty bad, but it gets worse.
Fluorosis can cause teeth to be stained brown, and for pits to form on the tooth's surface, cratering the enamel and creating little holes which can deepen and cause even worse dental problems down the line. (11)
The CDC even recommends citizens test their drinking water’s fluoride levels so they don’t expose young children to enough fluoride levels that can cause fluorosis and negative health-related effects. (12)
So now that we know that fluoride is dangerous, is there any alternative to fluoride-based toothpaste out there?
Tooth powder has actually been used longer than toothpaste, and dates back thousands of years to Ancient Egypt!
And not only has it been around longer than toothpaste, but it’s more effective than toothpaste too.
2014 and 2017 studies found that tooth powder is not just superior to toothpaste in controlling dental plaque and gingivitis, but is also a cleaner and safer way to get whiter teeth and healthier gums. (13) (14)
Many tooth powders contain fluoride just like toothpaste, so it’s important to use a 100% natural, safe tooth powder on your teeth…Garner’s Garden Oral Care Products are All-Natural, with NO FLUORIDE, ALCOHOL, OR ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS!
Containing the cavity-preventing power of activated charcoal, Garner’s Garden Re-mineralizing Tooth Powder removes plaque, naturally whitens teeth, and freshens breath. It also works as an all-natural oral deodorizer and re-mineralizing agent that absorbs bacteria, rather than masks it.
Pair it with our 100% All-Natural Breath Freshener Spray, and for the ultimate oral care treatment, check out our Oral Care Trio, which contains our 100% All-Natural Oxy Pulling pre-brush oral rinse, 100% All-Natural Antibacterial Mouthwash, which uses the power of peppermint and tea tree oil to fight bad breath and reduce oral pain and infection, and our 100% All-Natural Re-mineralizing Tooth Powder.
And for your children, check out the Garner’s Garden Kids Mouthwash and Tooth Powder Package featuring our 100% All-Natural Kids Mouthwash and 100% All-Natural Kids Tooth Powder, both designed to keep your children’s teeth clean, breath fresh, and smiles sparkling for years to come.
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