Fluoride Free Toothpaste: Why Use It?
There is a general misconception that fluoride is beneficial for oral health. This is why it features in municipal water and toothpaste - as it is believed to prevent dental decay and dental disease. The truth, however, is that fluoride is harmful to human health. This is why Eric Davis Dental is a ‘fluoride free practice’, and also advocates for the use of fluoride free toothpaste when brushing and cleaning teeth. In fact, we have worked with our sister clinic, Nutrition Diagnostics, to develop our very own fluoride free toothpaste substitutes; The Brushing Solution and PerioMix.
The Brushing solution is a toothpaste substitute formulated from a blend of hydrogen peroxide, oil of cloves,
peppermint and organic aloe vera, and has been specifically formulated to improve oral hygiene and restore the
natural balance of microbes in the mouth.
PerioMix is a gum and tooth powder made from all natural ingredients like bicarb soda, pure salt, vitamin C and
fresh peppermint oil. Its unique combination of ingredients is designed specifically to promote gum health by
aiding in healing and repair. It is great for post gum disease treatment.
The Dangers of Fluoride - Why to Use Fluoride Free Toothpaste
In order to understand the benefits of fluoride free toothpaste, it is important to understand the dangers of fluoride
and the health risks it poses. The IAMOT - International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology - lists the
following risks associated with fluoride exposure.
Acne and dermatological conditions
Arterial calcification and arteriosclerosis
Bone weakness and risk of fractures
Cancer of the bone - osteosarcoma
Early puberty in girls
Harm to the foetal brain
Immune system complications
Lower fertility rates
Neurotoxic effects, including ADHD
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
Many argue that the levels/amounts of fluoride in toothpaste and municipal water are negligible and are, therefore, not capable of causing harm. However, this notion misses the point. If something is known to cause harm to human health, shouldn’t we actively avoid consuming it or putting it in our bodies? What’s more, the notion that fluoride protects teeth from decay is also dubious. Why? Because we know from studies that dental decay was a rarity until recently. Most primitive tribes didn’t suffer from any form of dental decay despite never having used fluoridated toothpaste or water, as noted by Dr Weston A Price who observed only one cavity per 1000 teeth throughout his studies.