Everyone “knows” fluoride and teeth go together. And fluoride is good for you teeth. Your dentist says so. The government says so. It must be true.
Of course, once upon a time, everyone “knew” the earth was flat… that the sun and stars rotated around the earth… and that bloodletting rid a person of the “ill humours” that caused sickness.
An unfair comparison? Well, when you discover the truth about fluoride, you may not think so.
You see, “fluoride is good for your teeth” is much more than just a harmless myth. It’s a case of toxic waste being disposed of in your body.
Fluoride: The Big Lie
Fluoridation of your drinking water began long before it was official policy. Only, back then, they called it “pollution.” Fluoride is a common by-product of industrial processes – especially aluminum production. And factories used to dump it into rivers and streams – along with hundreds of other dangerous chemicals.
Did I say “dangerous”? Consider this:
“Hazardous in case of skin contact… Severe over-exposure can result in death… The substance may be toxic to kidneys, lungs, the nervous system, heart, gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular system, bones, teeth. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.”
Where does this information come from? From the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for sodium fluoride. That’s the stuff they put in your toothpaste… mouthwash… and drinking water.
An MSDS is a form required by law for every chemical sold in the U.S. And the MSDS for fluoride reads like a horror story. Eye contact? “Get medical attention immediately.” Skin contact? Ditto. Ingestion? Same story.
In fact, any company using fluoride – toothpaste makers, for instance – must inform their workers that fluoride is a “poisonous solid.”
But it’s okay to put it in your mouthwash, your drinking water… and to pump it into your children day in and day out. Because many of the drinks on store shelves are made with water… fluoridated water.
The American Dental Association (ADA) will tell you the benefits outweigh the risks. After all, drinking this poison will prevent tooth decay right?
Not according to the U.S. Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Way back in 1999, the CDC concluded, “…laboratory and epidemiologic research suggests that fluoride prevents dental caries predominately after eruption of the tooth into the mouth, and its actions primarily are topical for both adults and children.”1
In other words, drinking this poison only has a benefit as it washes over your teeth on the way down… where it can cause some serious problems.
And from a rational point of view, fluoridating water is simply bad science. According to Nobel Prize winner Dr. Arvid Carlsson, “Well, in pharmacology, if the effect is local, it’s of course absolutely awkward to use it in any other way than as a local treatment. I mean this is obvious. You have the teeth there, they’re available for you, why drink the stuff?”2
Why indeed? Taking fluoride into your body can cause dental fluorosis in children. In its mildest form, it results in spotty, discolored teeth. Add a little more fluoride, and those teeth become pitted – ripe for cavities.
Fluoride also affects bones. Skeletal fluorosis can cause joint stiffness and pain, structural changes and calcification of connective tissue. And while dental fluorosis occurs only in children, skeletal fluorosis is common in adults.
But fluoride does have a special gift for our children. Stupidity.
A number of studies have found that children in areas with fluoride in drinking water have lower average IQ scores than children in areas with low- or no fluoride levels.
A recent Chinese study found higher levels of fluoride were linked to a 10-point average decrease in IQ scores. And more than 1 in 5 children in the high-fluoride communities qualified as “mentally retarded.”4
Has this escaped your government’s notice? Nope. In December 2010, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences published one of at least 24 studies showing fluoride lowers IQ in children. Another 100 animal studies link this chemical to brain damage.5
So topical fluoride may be helpful against cavities – at a great risk.
But What if You Had a Safe, Natural Alternative?
You do. It’s called xylitol. It’s a type of sugar called a polyol (alcohol sugar), and it has a remarkable track record.
Study after study has found that people who chew gum made with xylitol simply develop fewer cavities…
- 1995: A 40-month study at the University of Michigan shows chewing xylitol gum reduces cavities.6
- 1996: A second Michigan study shows a 53% drop in cavities among children chewing xylitol gum.7
- 2009: Italian researchers find chewing xylitol gum lowers both dangerous bacteria and plaque build-up on teeth.8
- 2012: A Saudi Arabian team confirms xylitol gum lowers bacteria, plaque… and the number of cavities.9
And here’s the best news. Xylitol gum is easy to find… and it’s cheap. It’s available online from retailers such as Amazon.com and in many health food stores. You can chew five pieces a day – the amount used in some studies – for less than 50¢.
1 “Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Fluoridation of Drinking Water to Prevent Dental Caries,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Oct 21, 1999.
2 “Fluoride & Tooth Decay: Topical VS. Systemic Effects,” Fluoride Action Network.
3 “Water-related Diseases,” World Health Organization. 2001.
4 Lu, Y., et al, “Effect of High-Fluoride Water on Intelligence in Children,” Fluoride. 2000; 33(2): 74-78.
5 “Fluoride in Water Linked to Lower IQ in Children,” FluorideAction.org. Dec 21, 2010.
6 Mäkinen, K.K., et al, “Xylitol chewing gums and caries rates: a 40-month cohort study,” J Dent Res. Dec 1995; 74(12): 1904-1913.
7 Mäkinen, K.K., et al, “ Polyol chewing gums and caries rates in primary dentition: a 24-month cohort study,” Caries Res. 1996; 30(6): 408-417.
8 Campus, G., et al, “Six months of daily high-dose xylitol in high-risk schoolchildren: a randomized clinical trial on plaque pH and salivary mutans streptococci,” Caries Res. 2009; 43(6): 455-461.
9 Alamoudi, N.M., et al, “Effects of xylitol on salivary mutans streptococcus, plaque level, and caries activity in a group of Saudi mother-child pairs. An 18-month clinical trial,” Saudi Med J. Feb 2012; 33(2): 186-192.
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