One of the biggest myths for dental health is fluoride, and information has come to light which shows that fluoride is actually very harmful to your health in many ways. We have been told for many years that fluoride is beneficial for dental health, but the truth is just the opposite: fluoride can damage dental health and cause a host of other health problems.
Many parents use flavored toothpaste bottles with cartoon characters on the packaging to teach their children good dental habits. Even though these toothpaste tubes might be fun, they are poisoning your child. Children are more susceptible to the health problems associated with fluoride, because they are so small that the fluoride is much more toxic to their little bodies.
The truth is that fluoride is not necessary for dental health. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has shared information that there is no discernible difference between tooth decay in countries with fluoridated water compared to developing countries without fluoridated water.
The Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products Handbook shares some shocking details about fluoride. It says that fluoride is just slightly less poisonous than arsenic and more poisonous than lead. If this ingredient is so poisonous, why are we putting it in our mouths every time we brush our teeth?
Even though you won’t experience negative health problems immediately, these health issues can really build up over the years. Children might start to experience health symptoms related to fluoride poisoning, and these problems can contribute to bigger problems later in life. Over the years, the poison collects in the bones and the body.
It has been found that fluoride accumulates in the kidneys as well as the pineal gland and bones. There is a difference in the way that adults and children handle fluoride in the body. For example, a healthy adult is able to excrete 50 – 60% of the fluoride that is ingested, but babies and children can’t excrete as much of the fluoride. Because children don’t excrete as much, it is estimated that as much as 80% of the ingested fluoride is absorbed into their bones and the rest of their body. Over their lifetime, the concentration of the fluoride continues to build up.
Many children and teenagers in areas with water fluoridation actually show signs of fluoride over-exposure. These signs aren’t just cosmetic, they are an indication that other health problems are likely present within the body.
Heath problems might include things such as eczema, dermatitis, gastric problems, headaches, infertility, arthritis, muscle disorders, impaired thyroid function, bone cancer, immune problems, and weakened bones.
Even though your child is too young to reproduce, it is possible that fluoride exposure early in life could lead to fertility problems as an adult. Research studies have found that animals who are given high doses of fluoride experience serious reproductive problems. Studies also show that couples living in areas with fluoridated water are more likely to experience reproductive issues.
Fluoride has also been linked to brain damage, and doctors have suggested that fluoride might interfere with the natural functions of the brain. Neurotoxicity is a serious health problem that can have a domino effect on many other aspects of overall health and wellness. When fluoride damages a child’s brain, it could potentially have a negative impact behavior, learning, and development.
When you are monitoring your child’s exposure to fluoride, there are many things that you need to consider. Fluoride is quite common in the American lifestyle and you need to be proactive in order to reduce the exposure to this toxic substance.
Toothpaste and mouth rinse are the two obvious culprits of fluoride exposure, and it is best to choose all natural toothpaste for your child instead. Make sure it is a trusted brand and the package specifically says that it is fluoride-free.
Also, watch for added fluoride in juice, processed foods, and baby formula. You might be surprised to see how often fluoride is added to the foods and drinks that children often consume.
Another alarming source of fluoride is tap water. Many cities and counties add fluoride to the tap water, and the best way to avoid drinking fluoridated water is by drinking purified water instead of having your child drink tap water.
Despite the false information shared by dental professionals, fluoride isn’t necessary. It is actually quite harmful to your child’s health, and it is best that you take a proactive approach to protect your child from the health problems that can occur from fluoride exposure.