I distinctly remember, as a child, going to a school camp. On this particular day we were snowed in, so we had to make time pass in our rooms (no internet and iPods back in those days, lol).
And here is what we did. Somehow we realised that most of us had brought with us different kinds of toothpastes. So we went around and got a bit of toothpaste from each other. We’d squeeze a bit on the tips of our fingers. At the end you’d end up with all these different colours and flavours, it was quite cool. Or so we thought. And what do you think we did with all these wondrous delights? We ATE them! Yep, licked them off the tips of our fingers and sampled each flavour in its own delight.
Of course, if someone told us it wasn’t good for us, we would have never believed it. If we had all ended up dead, that actually, would not have been surprising at all.
Death by toothpaste?
Why, yes 🙂
Actually, I am wrong, it’s death by fluoride.
I also grew up in a time when the dental nurse would come to our class and feed us all the tiny tiny fluoride tablet. I found it tasty and always asked for extra 🙂
But today, if anyone came close to my children with any kind of fluoride induced product I would be likely to bite their head off in a very not nice way. Just ask my dentist 🙂 I totally love my dentist, he is the greatest dentist there ever was, but we will always differ in our views on fluoride. And that’s okay because as an informed consumer, I have the power to make these kinds of choices for myself and my children.
Fluoride is one of the most toxic poisons there is.
But, isn’t it naturally occurring? Sure, but so are arsenic and mercury, go have some of those and see what happens.
But, it’s good for our teeth and bones. Well actually, it makes your teeth and bones more brittle. It also causes “dental fluorosis”, which is a most unpleasant sight with brittle discoloured teeth (white/brown/black); it is a tooth decay where the teeth are broken down on a cellular level. I feel for the sufferers of this condition because it is irreversible.
Would you like to know what else fluoride affects? Of course you would, that’s why you are reading this.
Kidneys – fluoride causes renal dysfunction.
Thyroid – fluoride suppresses the thyroid and it’s even worse in individuals who have low iodine.
Pineal Gland – fluoride causes calcification
Also, remembering that these sort of toxins tend to have a cumulative effect and with repetitive daily use, your body stores more and more of it.
I am not going to go into the conspiracy theory behind water fluoridation even though I find it very interesting and it makes a lot of sense. What I will advise you of is the “allowed” amounts of fluoride that the governing bodies think is safe for you, the consumer, to ingest. This is interesting too. 😉
Our friends at the World Health Organisation inform us that “Adverse health effects, including dental and skeletal fluorosis, are associated with excess fluoride in drinking-water.” They consider it a “chemical hazard in drinking water”. It is described as “an insecticide, fungicide, bactericide and rodenticide (rat poison)”.
The guideline for fluoride in drinking water is 0.5 to 1mg per litre.
The guideline for fluoride in toothpaste is 1 to 1.5g per kilogram.
It is also estimated that children ingest (on a daily basis) 0.5 to 0.75mg of fluoride through swallowing toothpaste.
Our very own QLD health, in it’s fluoride document, contains some doozies, such as:
“When used on very young children, adult strength fluoride toothpaste (1000 parts per million fluoride) is also associated with a higher risk of developing dental fluorosis. To reduce this risk, low fluoride toothpaste (0.5 mg/g fluoride) should be used for children up to 6 years of age.”
“Ingestion of fluoride toothpaste should be discouraged.”
“Children under 6 years of age should use toothpaste under adult supervision. Toothpaste should be stored out of the reach of young children. “
“Children below the age of six years should not use fluoride mouth rinses”
So, for instance, these places want us to use fluoride and try and convince us that it is good for us, yet they readily admit that it can be harmful to children, anyhow. So if something is that SAFE then WHY have warnings?
In the US of A they have warnings on their toothpastes such as: “WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”
I would dearly like my USA readers to check their toothpaste tubes and let me know if this is not the case 🙂
Instead, you can find non-fluoride toothpastes in health food shops and in some supermarkets.
If all else fails, put some baking soda on your toothbrush and scrub away!
Personally, I have had bad teeth my whole life. I remember getting my very first amalgam filling at a tender age of eight. No pain killers either. Thank you, fluoride in the toothpaste and those tasty tablets from the dental nurse.
Anyway, after having spent gazillion hours and gazillion dollars at various dentist’s surgeries, I am happy to say that I have found a solution (for me). My teeth are healthy and my gums are no longer tender, which means I can eat, which is pretty handy.
I have tried many non fluoride toothpastes over the years but I would find that my gums are still sensitive and it hurt to eat. But then I found the special one and I haven’t looked back. My dentist is surprised at the condition of my teeth every single time. Even after the pregnancy with the twins, he expected certain things to occur in my mouth. Well they didn’t. And I also have a non fluoride mouth wash which is fantastic, yet again.
I don’t have to worry about my children swallowing toothpaste (especially since the twins don’t even know how to spit yet), I don’t have to worry about them swallowing mouthwash because not only is it non-harmful, it is GOOD for them!!!!!
Now that you are an informed consumer, please, please keep all this in mind next time you are choosing your purchases.
Unfortunately, I also need to take this opportunity to inform you that fluoride is also found in food. And be careful if you are mixing that baby formula with fluoridated water.