Fluoride and Oral Health
Oral Health – The United States is one of only eight countries in the entire developed world that fluoridates more than 50 percent of its water supply. It is added under the guise that it helps prevent and control tooth decay.
This is in spite of the fact that there never been any demonstrated difference in tooth decay between countries with fluoridated and non-fluoridated water, and no difference between states that have a high- or low percentage of their water fluoridated.
Even promoters of fluoridation concede that the major benefits are topical; fluoride works from the outside of the tooth, not from inside of your body, so why swallow it?
The fluoride added to your drinking water is in fact a chemical waste product! It is NOT something you should use as a supplement to your diet. There are plenty of studies showing the dangers of fluoride to your health, such as:
- Increases lead absorption
- Disrupts synthesis of collagen
- Hyperactivity and/or lethargy
- Muscle health-issues
- Brain damage, and lowered IQ
- Bone fractures
- Lowers thyroid function
- Bone cancer (osteosarcoma)
- Inactivates 62 enzymes
- Inhibits formation of antibodies
- Genetic damage and cell death
- Increases tumor and cancer rate
- Disrupts immune system
- Damages sperm and increases infertility
Oral Health – As far as tooth decay is concerned, this is not caused by lack of fluoride.
Tooth decay is caused by acids in your mouth, typically created from sugar being metabolized by bacteria (Streptococcus mutans). As you may already know, the number one source of calories in the United States is high fructose corn syrup along with a high fructose corn syrup.
The acid produced then attacks your enamel. Eventually the bacteria can get into the dentine, at which point tooth decay sets in. Numerous studies have linked dementia to poor dental health. One study from the Journal of the American Dental Association found that a low number of teeth increased the risk of higher prevalence and incidence of dementia.
So there are far better options for decreasing tooth decay than using a topical or ingested poison, with a chief one being minimizing your intake of sugary foods and eating a healthy diet low in sugar and carbohydrates in the form of grains. You typically don’t find dental caries in more primitive societies that do not consume vast amounts of sugar like in the United States
Eight Tips for Improving Oral Health!
Brushing after meals with an electric toothbrush, regular dental visits, and frequent flossing are the obvious tips. But there’s a few more you may not be aware of:
1. Coconut Oil Pulling
Coconut oil is a well-known antimicrobial with a variety of healing agents. After you floss, take a tablespoon of organic virgin coconut oil and let it melt in your mouth (do NOT swallow). Swish around in your mouth like mouthwash for at least five minutes. Spit out- you don’t want to swallow it as it has just removed microorganisms from your teeth. Brush as usual. Try this for a few weeks if you are suffering from gum disease or bad breath.
Cod liver oil was made famous by Weston A. Price in in work Nutritional and Physical Degeneration, shown to reverse cavities and improve oral health in those following a western diet. The vitamin A and D were found to be the reasons, but it wasn’t until he combined it with butter oil from grass-fed cows that the magic really occurred. We later found this was due to vitamin K2.
Xylitol is endorsed by dentists as a very effective cavity fighter. It helps prevent bad bacteria from sticking to tooth enamel. Xylitol gum can be found at most health food stores. Make sure that if you purchase a xylitol-based toothpaste or mouthwash that is does not contain fluoride!
Reduces inflammation of gum tissue and helps strengthen it. Take 1000mg to 15oomg Vitamin C twice daily for best results.
CoQ10, a powerful antioxidant vital in powering the body’s energy production (ATP) cycle, has been used with success in combating periodontal diseases, especially gingivitis (gum disease). Tissue affected by gingivitis is deficient in CoQ10 and experiments have shown that supplementation with as little as 50 mg/day can decrease inflammation.
Lack of good intestinal bacteria can cause bad breath and gum problems.
Highly-assimilated calcium helps build strong tooth enamel.
8. The best diet for healthy, cavity-free teeth and gums is one that is rich in vitamin A and D, particularly full-fat pastured dairy products (if tolerated). Also meat, organs, fish, bone broths and eggs.
- Fermented grains only; no unfermented grains such as breakfast cereal, crackers, etc. No breads except true sourdough (ingredients should not list yeast).
- Limited nuts; beans in moderation, only if they’re soaked overnight or longer in warm water (due to the phytic acid).
- Low glycemic fruit (1-2 pieces per day or less), but no refined sweets.
- Several daily servings of cooked and raw vegetables.
- Sunlight, cod liver oil or vitamin D3 supplements.
- Organic pastured butter, ghee or coconut oil
- Homemade beef and chicken broths at least once-twice weekly during the colder months
- Grass fed meats and wild fish
- Pastured organic eggs
- No processed foods.
This diet maximizes mineral absorption while providing abundant fat-soluble vitamins.
2. Sparks Stein et al. Tooth loss, dementia and neuropathology in the Nun Study. J Am Dent Assoc, Vol 138, No 10, 1314-1322.