Fluoride in our water today is used to help prevent tooth decay, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Fluoride in your water can help reduce tooth decay and cavities by up to 25% in children and adults. Sounds good, right?
That is until you find out that having too much fluoride in your water can cause fluorosis and other issues in our body.
What is Fluorosis?
Ever wonder why some people have some discoloration in their teeth, from faint white lines to more severe brown? Dental fluorosis refers to changes in the appearance of tooth enamel that are caused by long-term ingestion of fluoride during the time teeth are forming. According to the Centers for Disease Control, fluorosis affects about 41% of adolescents.
Fluorosis can only occur to children under the age of 8, however, the effects of fluorosis are typically permanent, and many adults will age with teeth discoloration due to an overexposure of the fluoride that we consume in our body.
What about other issues with Fluoride?
People have been poisoned and have died from having acute fluoride poisoning due to the amount of fluoride in their drinking water. There is also some evidence that the risk of certain forms of cancer can increase with water fluoridation.
Remember, fluoride is still a chemical, and chemicals can be harmful and dangerous to our bodies.
How can I reduce the use of Fluoride?
While it may not possible to completely get rid of fluoride in your water, it is possible to reduce it, here are some ways that you can help reduce the use of fluoride in your life.
- UV Sterilization for the water in your home
- Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste
- Probiotic Toothpaste
- Eating a diet rich in plants, grass-fed proteins, grass-fed dairy, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats.
- Brushing your teeth regularly. Try to brush your teeth after every meal.
- Visiting your dentist regularly.
- Avoid eating processed foods
Although the Centers for Disease Control and other Corporate Dental associations may say that using more fluoride in our water can benefit our teeth and make them stronger, most of us don’t need it and can have healthy white teeth by practicing better dental hygiene for you and your family.