If you're a mother with a child going through teething then I'm sure you can relate – a general fussiness throughout the day and night from your little one. No matter how many cold cloths she sucks on, the pain is not relenting.
But, three days later and out pops a tooth!
Suddenly, keeping your child's brand new tooth clean and healthy is your top priority.
We've been told growing up that to have cavity-free teeth, you need fluoride. It's commonly found in toothpaste and in your drinking water. In fact, for two-thirds of Americans, fluoride is in their public drinking water right now.
But, is it necessary and is it safe to give to your children?
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural element. It's the chemical ion of the element fluorine.
It's typically found in soil, water, foods and in several minerals. It's also synthesized in laboratories for use in our drinking water, toothpaste and mouthwashes.
We've been told fluoride protects our teeth. It protects us from:
- Demineralization – An acid that erodes the teeth forms when the bacteria in your mouth mixes with sugary foods you eat.
- Remineralization – If you have demineralization from eating too many sweet foods, fluoride is said to strengthen those areas of your enamel.
There's ample evidence suggesting use of fluoride in our drinking water does not reduce tooth decay.
In reality, the decline of tooth decay is seen in all Western countries, whether they have fluoridated water or not.
And while using fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash is relatively safe, ingesting fluoride is proven to be harmful to your health.
Excessive Use of Fluoride
Fluoride isn't just in drinking water and preventative tooth decay products. It's found in:
- Pesticides – due to its high toxicity, fluoride is being used in two of our pesticides: cryolite and sulfuryl fluoride.
- Teflon products
- Fruit juices – especially grape juice. Since fluoride-based pesticides are used, there is cross contamination with a variety of fruit juices.
- Foods that have been directly fumigated with pesticides containing fluoride. These include cocoa powder, dried beans, dried fruits, rice, tree nuts, and walnuts.
If children before the age of 8 consume too much fluoride, they will most likely develop enamel fluorosis, affecting not only teeth but also the child's bones.
The child's permanent teeth might have white streaks or flecks in them. In extreme cases, you will see discoloration and even pitting of the tooth enamel. And long-term ingestion can lead to skeletal problems in a growing child.
It's estimated around 40% of American children suffer from enamel fluorosis.
This is only the tip of the iceberg.
Fluoride Is NOT Safe For Children
The use of fluoride in our drinking water has been linked to many health problems in children and adults.
- Reduced IQ. Children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have a significantly lower IQ than those children who live in low fluoridated areas.
- Cancer. A link has been shown that cancer abruptly rose shortly after fluoride was introduced to certain American cities.
- Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD). People who lived in states with a higher proportion of artificially fluoridated water had high incidences of ADHD in children.
- Hypothyroidism. A study confirmed that there's a 30% more likelihood of developing hypothyroidism if you live in a high-fluoridated area.
If you live in a city that uses fluoride in their water, there are ways to cut down your ingestion of fluoride:
- Only eat organic food
- Buy a good water filter. Purchase a water filter with deionizers or activated alumnia to remove fluoride in your water. You can also buy a reverse-osmosis filter to remove most of the fluoride found in water.
- Invest in a water distillation unit
- Purchase non-fluoride toothpaste for your child. Most children eat their toothpaste and end up consuming more fluoride than is recommended.
- Decrease your sugar intake. This will help reduce your chances of cavities (in case you are worried about lowering your fluoride consumption).
Did you know you can eliminate fluoride build-up in your system entirely? You can with the help of The Allergy Kit.
We have a selection of vials to combat a whole host of problems, fluoride being one of them.
Over to you – knowing fluoride isn't safe for children, what are you going to do to make sure your child isn't consuming too much of it?