The Dangers Of Fluoride

The Dangers Of Fluoride

Written By: Michelle, The Green-Mother

The journey to  using fluoride free toothpaste began when my eldest son started brushing his little pearly whites. Before his birth, using fluoride free toothpaste was not much of a concern for my husband and I. After his birth, I started researching pretty much every product that I was using on his little body. Why would tooth paste be any different? I was already using organic creams and shampoos. As I ran up and down the toothpaste isle at our local drugstore, it was all very overwhelming. Bright colored boxes with cartoon themes seemed tempting to snatch at the moment. However, they all had the one thing in common, toxins and fluoride. What is fluoride?

What is Fluoride?

– “Fluoride is a chemical ion of the element fluorine (from the Latin fluo meaning “to flow”), in that fluoride has one extra electron that gives it a negative charge. Fluoride is found naturally in water, foods, soil, and several minerals such as fluorite and fluorapatite. However, it is also synthesized in laboratories where it may be added to drinking water or used in a variety of chemical products”.

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Why is fluoride used?

– Fluoride is used to fight tooth decay in children.

Why is fluoride considered dangerous?

– According to Dr. Phyllis Mullenix, she believes,  based on her research, that fluoride acts in a way that lowers the I.Q. of children.

Source of Information: (“Neurotoxicity of Sodium Fluoride in Rats”, Mullenix, P. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 17 (2), 1995).

Fluoride is more poisonous than lead and just slightly less poisonous than arsenic.

Fluoride a cumulative poison that accumulates in bone over the years.

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According to the Physicians Desk Reference, “in hypersensitive individuals, fluorides occasionally cause skin eruptions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, or urticaria. Gastric distress, headache, and weakness have also been reported. These hypersensitive reactions usually disappear promptly after discontinuation of the fluoride.”

The most recent studies do not even show that water fluoridation is effective in reducing tooth decay.

– According to Fluoride Action Network, there is enough fluoride in one tube of toothpaste to kill a child.

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Where can fluoride be found?

Fluoride can be found in the environment.  Fluoride can occur naturally. For example: rock weathering, and volcanic emissions.  It can also occur due to human activities. For example: phosphate rock mining and use, aluminium manufacturing, and drinking water fluoridation.

– Fluoride can be found in the air, as gases or particles.

– Fluoride can be found in water.

– Fluoride can be found in soil. It is mainly combined with calcium and aluminum.

– Fluoride can be found in living organisms.

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Where can I purchase fluoride free toothpaste?

– You can purchase fluoride free tooth paste at any health food store.


What if I can not afford fluoride free tooth paste? Can I make my own?

After doing some research, the answer is yes.

Old Fashioned Tooth Powder

  • 2 tablespoons dried lemon, orange or grapefruit peel
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt

With a mortar or food processor grind the peels into a fine powder. Add the baking soda and salt and grind until you get a fine powder. Store your powder in an air tight container. Dip moistened toothbrush in the powder and brush as usual.

Basic Toothpaste Recipe

  • 1 teaspoon old fashion tooth powder
  • ¼ teaspoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 1-2 drops of flavoring extract (optional)

Mix into a paste and brush as usual. Some flavoring you can add are vanilla, almond, lemon, peppermint, spearmint, and cinnamon.

Natural Fluoride-free Toothpaste for Kids

  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of flavoring extract (Vanilla, almond, and spearmint are good choices)

Mix everything together and store in an air tight container. Make sure the lid goes back on tightly after each use or it will dry out.

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To conclude, I believe fluoride presents itself with dangers to my health. I only use fluoride free tooth paste in my family’s home.



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