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Issue #7, January 2017

A Lack of Fluoride Doesn’t Cause Decay

sugar on blue plateBy now we all know that sugar spurs tooth decay. We’ve all also heard that fluoride prevents cavities. But what a lot of folks don’t know is that only part of what we think we know is actually so.

Backing up the claim that sugar leads to decay, a recent Finnish study notes that, among adults, there is

a linear dose-response relationship between sugars and caries, with the amount of intake being more important than frequency of ingestion.

Which is to say, the more sugar you eat, the more decay you get.

We restate the obvious because for the most part, we’ve been sold a bill of goods when it comes to decay. We’ve been told through American Dental Association endorsements on fluoride-containing products, in dental offices, and TV ads that fluoride prevents cavities. But the truth is, there is little good, contemporary evidence that fluoridation stops decay.

The Finnish study reiterates what biological dental offices know:

Dental caries is considered a diet-mediated disease, as sugars are essential in the caries process.

We, as humans, are not lacking fluoride. From white sugar, corn syrup, honey, and other sweeteners, to wheat-, corn-, and rice-based foods, we’re eating too much sugar or foods that convert to sugar. Like so many drug-based claims, the belief that fluoride will prevent decay gives us permission to continue habits that diminish health. It is a temporary stay of consequences - at best.

As a biological office, we see the reliance on fluoride as a disservice to patients. This trained reliance distracts us from daily habits and choices that are health-affirming, swapping them for a panacea with side effects that will, over time, erode oral and systematic health alike.

Framing decay more effectively means understanding that it’s first a dietary issue, then a hygiene issue, and ultimately a lifestyle issue.

Addressing decay and its prevention effectively and honestly means entering into a trusting relationship where you explore options that empower you to act in your own best interest.

We’re always here for you, whether you need guidance addressing dietary choices and making changes to support natural tooth remineralization, learning effective cleaning techniques, or curtailing lifestyle habits that can affect oral and systematic health.

To achieve a healthy dental future, you don’t need fluoride. You need a team that supports your desire to reach your personal level of optimal oral health.

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The Fluoride Myth

If you still think that all those fluoride containing dental products endorsed with the American Dental Association (ADA) “seal of approval” indicate some level of product safety, you need to know, it’s a myth.

The truth is that fluoride is a known neurotoxin, a chemical that is poisonous and destructive to nerve tissue.

Its little known classification as a neurotoxin was highlighted not long ago in a review published in The Lancet, Neurology. Neurotoxic fluoride is in the same category as mercury, lead, PCBs, arsenic, and other industrial chemicals that can cause permanent brain injury during infancy and early childhood.

fluoride comicThe review’s authors implicated fluoride and other industrial chemicals in the current pandemic of neurodevelopmental disabilities in infants and children – disabilities that include autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments. Not only do these impairments affect millions of children worldwide now; statistics indicate these disorders are increasing in frequency.

With multiple studies indicating fluoride has a permanent effect on our children’s brain development, a time-sensitive petition has been launched so citizens can voice their support for a formal petition delivered to the EPA earlier this year by a coalition of environmental, medical, and health groups, urging an end to municipal water fluoridation. We encourage you to sign it and share it widely.

Though EPA scientists already recognize chemicals with human evidence of neurotoxicity as “gold standard” chemicals that warrant assessment priority, the coalition’s petition cites over 2,500 pages of supportive scientific documentation indicating that

the amount of fluoride now regularly consumed by millions of Americans in fluoridated areas exceeds the doses repeatedly linked to IQ loss and other neurotoxic effects.

We do not need more of the stuff but far, far less. And it’s not just children at risk. Adults, those with kidney impairment, and the elderly are also at-risk populations too. (For more, check out the sidebars.)

There are good reasons there’s a Poison Control Center warning on every tube of toothpaste. Fluoride is not designed to be swallowed. At all.

A nutritious diet, proper hydration, and improvement in oral home care can do far more good than fluoride – and with no harmful side effects.

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The Adverse Health Effects of Fluoride

Seventy-one years after Grand Rapids, Michigan first released fluoride into its water supply, almost 75% of the US population is chugging the stuff. But a growing number of citizens are beginning to ask questions about the limited science that supports the administration of this ubiquitous medicament to every man, woman and child.

At the same time, ample research indicates plenty of reasons to be concerned. Here’s just a sample:

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Fluoride Exposure

Not too long ago, the government, recognizing that the threshold may have been too high quietly lowered the “safe” level of fluoride in drinking water to 0.7 parts per million. But with little awareness of where fluoride lurks and how much we are exposed to in “parts per million,” it’s impossible to gauge our level of consumption and our potential for harm from it.

And where is all this fluoride coming from? From far more than just fluoridated water and toothpaste.

  • Mouthwash and floss
  • Glass ionomer fillings and cements
  • Professionally applied fluoride treatments
  • Prescription fluoride supplements
  • Foods and beverages grown, processed, or made with fluoridated water
  • Pesticides
  • Prescription drugs in the fluorinated quinolone family (Prozac, Avelox, Cipro, Levaquin and more)
  • Infant formula
  • Teflon pans
  • Anesthetic

For tips on reducing your exposure to this toxin, visit our friends at the Fluoride Action Network.

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