A recent research published in the Journal Of Preventative Medicine discovered something interesting – kids that don’t drink fluorinated tap water are more prone to tooth decay, while kids that do drink it have a high level of lead in their bodies. Drinking or not drinking fluorinated tap water is a dilemma for many parents, so we’re going to take a closer look at the options below.
Does fluoride really prevent tooth decay?
Statistics show that tooth decay is down 7% in the last 70 years, while more than 23% preschool children are still affected by it. Almost half of the children involved in the study were suffering from some kind of oral problem. The cavities tooth decay causes are pretty expensive to treat.
It’s not just about the aesthetics – tooth decay can also lead to malnutrition as children aren’t likely to chew while their teeth hurt, infected gums and spread of bacteria from the teeth. Both children and parents don’t like cavities, but does fluoride really help prevent them? Although the government claims it’s safe, there’s still mounting evidence that it can be dangerous if swallowed.
The dangers of fluoride
Digesting fluoride can harm the digestive system and brain over time, as well as the heart and bones. It can also lead to a condition called skeletal fluorosis, which occurs when the liver can’t break down fluoride. In this case, it enters the bloodstream and bonds with calcium from the skeletal system, harming the bones. Some experts link fluoride to arthritis and joint problems as well.
Fluoride has been known to harm the thyroid by disrupting the thyroid cells. Years ago, doctors actually used fluoride to treat certain thyroid problems, and the levels in our tap water match those used in the past. Ingesting fluoride can also disrupt your hormones, especially the reproductive hormones.
Studies have shown that women with high fluoride levels have low fertility rates, while men suffering from fluoride poisoning are more likely to experience some kind of reproductive problem.
Fluoride is also dangerous for the kidneys, especially in children.
Here’s a video which will show you all the dangers of the compound:
Preventing cavities naturally
The good news is that there are many ways to take care of your oral health naturally and prevent tooth decay. Here’s what you need to do:
Reduce your sugar intake
Candy, processed food, sodas, high-fructose corn syrup and other types of sugar can do serious damage to your teeth. If you can’t get off sugar, then we suggest brushing your teeth after eating anything sweet.
Brushing with baking soda is a great way of cleaning your teeth and preventing tooth decay. Baking soda is a powerful antibacterial and antiseptic that is less abrasive that toothpaste and better for your teeth.
Flossing at least once a day should be combined with brushing for perfect oral health.
Brushing with iodine
A 2% iodine solution can be used to brush your teeth twice a week in order to destroy bacteria in the oral cavity and boost the function of your thyroid.
Raise your magnesium and calcium levels
As the minerals are essentially one of the building blocks of our teeth and bones, their levels should be kept in check. Besides adding raw green vegetables to your diet, we also suggest Epsom salt baths and even calcium and magnesium supplements if your deficiency is severe.
Raise your vitamin D levels
This vitamin works better than vitamin D and actually has a protective effect on your teeth. Just get out and enjoy the sun more often as our body synthesizes vitamin D from sunlight.
Add fruits and vegetables in your diet
Fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds should be a part of your diet instead of processed food, grains and low-quality meat.
How bad are the elevated levels of lead?
According to Anne E. Sanders, the leader of the study, the elevated levels of lead in the bodies of the children involved in the study can have permanent and serious consequences on their health. Lead poisoning can cause constipation, vomiting, weight loss, irritability, hearing loss, seizures, abdominal pain and cramps, loss of appetite, fatigue, sluggishness, learning difficulties and developmental problems as well.
Although the EPA and FDA haven’t set a safe limit for lead in the blood, they consider it highly dangerous. Of course, the lead is not added to the water supply on purpose – it may come from old pipe corrosion, the chemistry in a certain body of water or protective coatings used in plumbing material.
In order to protect yourself and your children from the dangers of fluoride and lead, we suggest getting a high-quality filter which can remove them. In this way, you’ll ensure that your children get a clean glass of water which won’t destroy their fragile oral health.