Did You Know?

Fluoride is a known poison and here in Leicestershire we do not have fluoridated water (so Severn Trent tell me). Fluoride is naturally occurring in some areas, leading to high levels in certain water supplies ‘naturally.’ In Europe, the following countries fluoridate their water: Ireland (73%), Poland (1%), Serbia (3%), Spain (11%), and the U.K. (11%). Most developed countries, including Japan and 97% of the western European population, do not consume fluoridated water. In the U.S., about 70% of public water supplies are fluoridated. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there is no discernible difference in tooth decay between developed countries that fluoridate their water and those that do not. 

We assume that consuming fluoride is only an issue that involves your dental health, but there have been over 34 human studies and 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage, 3 including lower IQ in children, and studies have shown that fluoride toxicity can lead to a wide variety of health problems, including: 

Increased lead absorption - Disrupts synthesis of collagen - Hyperactivity and/or lethargy - Muscle disorders - Thyroid disease - Arthritis - Dementia - Bone fractures - Lowered thyroid function - Bone cancer - Inactivates 62 enzymes and inhibits more than 100 - Inhibited formation of antibodies - Genetic damage and cell death - Increased tumour and cancer rate - Disrupted immune system - Damaged sperm and increased infertility. 

Fluoride is not an essential nutrient. No disease, not even tooth decay, is caused by a “fluoride deficiency.” Fluoride accumulates in the body. Healthy adult kidneys excrete 50 to 60% of the fluoride ingested each day. The remainder accumulates in the body, largely in calcifying tissues such as the bones and pineal gland. 

The majority of toothpastes on the market contain fluoride but it is not a necessary ingredient. 

1. Neem (Find this in your local health shop)

Neem is amazing. One study suggests a neem mouthwash could even outperform a traditional dental product when it comes to reducing plaque! Other studies suggest it has almost miraculous properties when it comes to approaching gingivitis. 

2. Coconut oil (Find it in health shops or local supermarkets) 

Coconut oil already has antibacterial properties and is much safer than the endocrine-disrupting triclosan found in many fluoridated toothpastes. Research suggests it can actually slow the growth of some bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. 

3. Ozonated Olive Oil (Available on-line) 

Olive oil has long been hailed for its moisturising benefits, and this type actually takes that one step further with a process called ozone injection. This process bubbles ozone into the liquid for quite a while before it even gets to you. Ozonated olive oil is just one way we can use dental ozone therapy. One study even suggests this therapy could be more effective than traditional dental methods. 

4. Oregano Oil (health shops or online) 

Oregano oil is one of those items with a million uses, and promoting oral health is one of them. Oregano oil can be highly beneficial for dental issues and can be used to soothe toothaches, abscesses, and mouth sores. Because of its potency, though, always be sure that you dilute it with something like olive oil. 

5. Myrrh (Available on line) 

Used to combat bad breath, myrrh can be found in some fluoride- free toothpastes. One of the compounds in myrrh is actually toxic to all the things that can cause bad breath. Research shows it’s effective in fighting periodontal disease. 

You can use baking soda, or even just plain water. The key is to have a good technique and to brush often. 

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