Keeping our teeth healthy is an important part of our lives. Our teeth help us look great, keeps our jaws strong, and helps us chew and digest our foods properly. Without them, we won’t be able to eat all the things we love. So how do we keep our one set of teeth healthy and strong? By brushing them of course! Not a hard question, but have you ever wondered what goes in our toothpaste? More than 95% of all kinds of toothpaste sold have fluoride in them.
Research has shown some correlation between fluoride toothpaste and tooth decay. However, further research has shown that fluoride is a neurotoxin and can be harmful to the body, especially your brain. The most commonly used compounds in toothpaste are sodium fluoride or sodium monofluorophosphate.
Commercially sold kinds of toothpaste generally contain about 1100 to 1450 ppm, which is equivalent to about 1mg of fluoride per gram of paste. The lethal dose for adult humans is estimated at 5 – 10 g. If you put it into perspective, fluoridated toothpaste seems harmless, right?
The effects of fluoride
Well let me tell you this, even though the effects of fluoride ingestion in small amounts is negligible and not immediate. Fluoride can accumulate within the body especially in your bones and teeth. In addition to your bones and teeth it can also accumulate in your pineal glands. Your pineal gland is responsible for secreting melatonin which manages circadian rhythm and sleep patterns. Also when ingested, fluoride can pass through the blood brain barrier which is meant to protect the brain and nervous system from damage of foreign invaders. Research has found that fluoride, due to this occurrence, may be a developmental neurotoxin affecting brain development in children. Further research has shown that fluoride ingestion can increase the development of beta amyloid plaques, which is a classic finding in Alzheimer’s disease.
Fluoride can be found everywhere today and can enter our body in various ways. Not just in toothpastes, fluorides can be found in soft drinks, canned meals, fluoridated water and fruits sprayed by pesticides. Considering we brush our teeth two to three times a day, this plays a huge role in increasing fluoride levels within the body. On top of the food that we eat, we are constantly bombarding ourselves with toxins which destroy our body slowly.
Keeping ourselves informed is the best way to stay healthy. There are many toothpaste products that are fluoride free (see at the bottom of this article). But it doesn’t stop there, because toothpastes are not the only source of fluoride. Changing our diets are also a crucial part in staying healthy, not just in removing fluoride toxins but also getting all the right nutrients to stay healthy. More on that in our next blog.
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