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UK Against Fluoridation

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dr Mercola

Does Sodium Fluoride Really Protect Your Teeth?

Do you really need fluoride?
kid brushing his teethIf your dentist practices conventional dentistry, he or she most likely advises you to use toothpaste that contains sodium fluoride.

In fact, all toothpastes with the “ADA Accepted” seal must contain sodium fluoride. That’s the American Dentist Association’s standard.

But do you really need it? And above all, is it safe?

According to the ADA, fluoride makes tooth enamel stronger and more resistant to tooth decay. It helps re-mineralize weakened tooth enamel and may reverse early signs of tooth decay.

However, recent research challenges the ADA’s long-held belief. A 2010 study found that the supposedly beneficial layer that forms on your teeth from fluoride is only six nanometers thick.

To appreciate how thin this is, you'd need 10,000 of these layers to equal the width of a single strand of hair!

And here’s the real kicker… Simple chewing disrupts this so-called protective layer!

To me, this raises the question of whether the fluoride in toothpaste does much or anything to safeguard your tooth enamel. But that’s just the beginning.

What Many People Don’t Realize About Fluoride

My biggest problem with fluoride is that it carries a poison warning and can accumulate in your tissues and bones.

When kids ingest or absorb significant amounts of fluoride from toothpaste or fluoridated water during their first eight years of life, it can lead to mottling of the teeth, or dental fluorosis marked by unsightly yellow or brown stains and pits formed in the tooth enamel.
Children naturally swallow more toothpaste than do adults, so that puts them at an even greater risk of fluoride toxicity at a time when it can do the most harm!

Mottled and pitted teeth aren’t the only things that can result from too much fluoride. These other potential ill effects may occur too. Fluoride:

Accumulates in your bones and can affect your flexibility, joint comfort, and bone strength
May interfere with your thyroid function
Can affect your brain function and may damage the developing brain
I’m not convinced that the possible benefits of fluoride in toothpaste outweigh its far more serious potential health effects, especially since it can accumulate in tissues and bones.

Because most of us get far too much fluoride from other sources, I don’t believe fluoride should be added to your drinking water nor does it need to be in your


  • To be fair, there is an observable improvement in oral hygiene when using a fluoride toothpaste. BUT (and I've been saying it for years now) this has NOTHING to do with any tooth-hardening chemistry. Three brushing times a day the fluoride will poison the bacteria that feeds on the sugars to produce the acid that rots the teeth. Because fluoride IS poison. Common sense really. Now - about the effects of that fluoridated poisoned toothpaste on the rest of the body ....... !!!

    By Anonymous Chris, at 22 May, 2017  

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