As a Holistic Dentist, we are always concerned with chemicals that we put in people’s mouths. One that we definitely don’t use in our office is Fluoride!
The Fluoride Action Network, which is an organization that I am a member of and fully support, has some great information on their website. The thing that I find extremely disheartening is the fact that every tube of toothpaste that you purchase will say on it “harmful if swallowed” and things like “not intended for children under 6 years old”. However, we are involuntarily and for some people, unaware that we are getting A LOT of fluoride in the water we drink. What are the benefits of ingesting fluoride? For developing teeth? The American Dental Association, as of 2006, is now recommending that babies DO NOT get water that is fluoridated. Hmm………
Most Western European countries do not fluoridate their water, and in the times that the U.S. has done so, most if not all of these same countries have the same rate of decline in dental decay. So why are holistic dentists the only ones who are concerned about this? These are the types of things that really made me look more into holistic dentistry and holistic practices in general.
Take a look at the Fluoride Action Network website, and just say NO to Fluoride.