Pearly whites, chompers, grinders, gnashers, fangs, we all have them, some are nicer than others and some have had “work” done to them. But one thing we all have in common is that we brush them two or three times daily, (well, you should) and usually we brush them with toothpaste that contains fluoride.
Fluoride is added to toothpaste to help build strong teeth. It is also added to our drinking water to build strong teeth as well. Great right? Wrong. In actuality fluoride is poison. Years ago fluoride was used as an insecticide and rat poison, and the funny thing about using it to build strong teeth is that it actually does more harm than good.
What is Fluoride?
Believe it or not, fluoride is a byproduct of copper, aluminum and iron manufacturing. But oddly, in the 1930’s one of the largest manufacturers of aluminum “discovered” that fluoride was good for developing healthy teeth and practically eradicated tooth decay.
Wow, what a coincidence huh? So now, instead of having the issue of disposing of this hazardous chemical waste, they can just add it to the water supply and everyone will have brighter, whiter smiles.
Well actually, a study of 39,000 school children in 84 areas around the U.S. showed that there was no significant difference in tooth decay between fluoridated and non-fluoridated water supplies.
Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, “tooth decay trends tracked by the World Health Organization from 1970 to the present show that the incidence of decayed, missing or filled teeth has been steadily in decline with each passing year in the U.S., France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Iceland and Greece. And why are the numbers of decayed teeth on the decline? Better oral hygiene and improved dental practice is the most obvious answer. It’s certainly not the fluoride. Because of all of those countries, only one adds fluoride to