Today’s blog is inspired by my normal 6 monthly checkup with the dentist (oh exciting I hear you say)!
When I got there today, there was a new dentist, a new fluoride pushing dentist! I say this as I happened to mention to her I only use natural toothpaste and mouthwash……..this may have been my first mistake!
She proceeded to tell me why fluoride is good for dental health, so I countered her argument with one of my own about why fluoride is bad for your teeth and more importantly for overall health. I was already starting to think at this stage that this could all go horribly wrong, as both of us had poplar opposite opinions on this subject and she, of course, held all the cards, as in she had the sharp metal instruments hovering over my mouth and face!
I decided at this point (don’t ask me why I had to rub salt into the wound but I couldn’t help myself) to ask her her opinion on why since using natural tooth paste and mouth wash my teeth were noticeably whiter, are no longer sensitive (even when eating very hot foods), my gums no longer bleed and I never have to have any work completed on my teeth. She of course couldn’t answer, but was good enough not to try to wire my jaw together to shut me up, so I feel we both won a little bit of this round and we continued the rest of my checkup in begrudging silence.
One of the reasons I felt inspired to write a blog about this was because this episode made me realise I hadn’t had any plans to add dental care to the book I’m writing about living a less toxic life (yet it most definitely should be in there). I have found in the last few weeks a few things like this have come up and on each occasion I’ve realised I would have missed an important element of my book if this hadn’t happened to me to remind me to add it in. So I’m very grateful for these slightly uncomfortable showdowns, but I’m also wondering if that’s the end of it or am I going to upset everyone I come across until the book is finished?
The other reason I wanted to write a blog about this was to just share the basics of why fluoride is potentially damaging to our health, as most people don’t realise this and it’s really important people begin to realise the potential harmful effects of what’s in normal everyday items we use in our homes and on our bodies, as we can easily make small changes to address these.
So I’ve put together a little list of the possible side effects of using fluoride based products and drinking fluoridated water:
* Increase risk of thyroid disease (and worsening of symptoms if you already have this)
* Decrease in bone strength
* Acute body toxicity
* Affects sleep
* Can affect children’s brain development and even intelligence
* Hormonal Issues
* Kidney Disease
* Hypersensitivity (rashes, lesions, headaches, joint pain, fatigue, intolerances and vision problems)
* Can hinder teeth development in children (yep, you read this right)
* Digestive Issues
* Cardiovascular Issues
* Hinders the absorption of antioxidants
* Incresed risk of Alzheimer’s
* Muscle pain
* Hair loss
* Weight gain
And lastly, if you cook with fluoridated water in aluminum pans then this makes the pan leach more of the aluminum into your food!
If all this wasn’t bad enough there have been a number of studies recently, that suggests fluoride isn’t even as good for our teeth’s health and development as first thought all those years ago when they started adding it into dental products and our water, but for some reason we’re still adding it and being told it’s good for us??
So you all now see why I got on my soap box today and why I was pretty lucky my dentist didn’t wire my mouth shut. I’m pretty sure I won’t change my dentists views on the subject (although I’m tempted to send her a copy of my book when it’s published, ha) but perhaps I’ve opened your eyes to it instead.
For those of you that want to know, I use the following toothpaste as it’s the closest one I’ve found to normal toothpaste, as in it doesn’t feel like your brushing your teeth with clay like a lot of the natural toothpastes do and I know this is one of the things that put people off going natural. You can get this brand in most health stores, online and obviously in Holland & Barrett (where it’s often on special offer), oh and a little goes a long way, so don’t be put off by the price.
Thanks for reading my dentist-inspired rant/educational blog today, ha =0)