We’re always told that fluoride is good for us, but did you know that fluoride ingestion has been linked to neurological disorders and IQ deficiencies in children? Check your toothpaste tube — I’ll bet you didn’t know it has the word “poison” on it. If your toothpaste contains fluoride, it is required to carry a warning statement that reads, “Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.” Is that something you really want to be putting in your mouth twice a day? Or the mouths of your children, who tend to use too much toothpaste and do not always spit or rinse their mouths after brushing?
Studies have shown that the benefits of fluoride are achieved only with topical application — not from ingestion. And yet most municipalities add fluoride to the tap water. Add this to the fluoride that’s in your toothpaste, and you could be setting your self up for fluoride side effects such as brain damage and reproductive issues.
That’s why I’m so glad our grocery store has started carrying fluoride-free toothpaste. I usually buy Tom’s of Maine for us adults and Burt’s Bees Kids “Berry Bee” fluoride-free toothpaste for the kiddo. The Burt’s Bees kids toothpaste is safe to swallow and uses cranberry extract to prevent bacteria from adhering to teeth and gums. It’s also free of SLS, artificial flavors, preservatives, colors, and sweeteners. I’ve actually used it on occasion and was surprised at how clean my teeth felt; the berry flavor is neither too sweet nor overwhelming. And the last time I went to the dentist, my hygienist couldn’t stop raving about how healthy my teeth and gums were. I think she was a little surprised when I told her I was using fluoride-free toothpaste, but she said whatever I am doing, to keep it up. It’s a relief to know I can get fluoride-free toothpaste so easily, and I’ll never have to settle for the chemical-laden toxic products that line the shelves.
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