Are You At Risk of The Dangers of Fluoride Toxicity?
Do you brush your teeth? Have you drank tap water throughout your life? If you answered “YES” to either or both of these, then you could be putting yourself at risk of the dangers of consuming too much fluoride. Why does this matter? Because when you ingest a lot of fluoride it causes a damaging health condition known as fluoride toxicity!
Let’s first take a look at what fluoride is and then the horrible dangers it poses to your health and wellness when over consumed.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral in your teeth and bones and is found naturally in water, soil, pants, rocks, and air. It is also synthetically produced and added to drinking water, toothpaste, mouthwash, and other chemical products.
When it comes to your health, fluoride is primarily used to “improve” dental care because it is thought to strengthen the enamel of the teeth.
However, the scary truth is that because much of the water supply in the USA is still fluoridated. Plus you get additional exposure from dental products, which means you are most likely overloaded with FLUORIDE!
We’re not talking minor health issues… TOO much fluoride causes a condition known as fluoride toxicity.
What is Fluoride Toxicity?
You have most likely heard about fluoride at some point in your life.
But, how much do you really know about it?
Though there are some potential benefits of fluoride, however regulating the amount of fluoride you consume is crucial. Fluoride occurs both naturally and artificially in water. By the time we account for concentrated, fluoridated dental products and materials, it’s not hard for the average person to unintentionally (or intentionally!) consume too much fluoride:
Fluoride consumed at elevated levels is know to have seriously detrimental effects on the human body.
One of the most alarming conditions that is a result of fluoride toxicity is skeletal fluorosis.
Skeletal Fluorosis: Are You At Risk?
Uncontrolled fluoride consumption’s damaging powers are vast. Health problems associated with fluoride toxicity include bone cancer, brain cell damage, muscle disorders, arthritis, bone fractures, cell death, blood disorders, infertility, and a condition called skeletal fluorosis.
Skeletal fluorosis is a bone disease caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in your bones. The horrifying symptoms of this disease include:
- Painful damage to your bones and joints
- Hardened bone with increased frequency of fractures
- Impaired joint mobility due to thickening of the bone structure and accumulation of bone tissue.
- Cartilage and ligaments become ossified (turn into bone or bony tissue)
Skeletal fluorosis is a crippling, yet preventable, disease. Unfortunately, there are no effective therapeutic remedies available which have the power to cure fluorosis.
Therefore, you must take caution and be absolutely vigilant in monitoring you and your family’s fluoride intake.
The Dangers of Excessive Ingestion (Fluoride Toxicity)
It’s important to note that off-the-shelf oral hygiene products contribute heavily to excessive ingestion of fluoride:
- In a large data collection effort regarding fluoride poisoning, the American Association of Poison Control (AAPC). determined that toothpaste ingestion was the main source of fluoride toxicity. Other likely culprits are mouthwashes and supplements.
- Over 80% of the cases of fluoride toxicity reported, were in children under the age of 6. They found children of this age group ingest more toothpaste than pediatric dentists ‘recommend’ because they haven't completely developed their swallowing reflex.
When consumed in large quantity, fluoride leads to dental fluorosis.
Fluorosis is a dental term that describes the developmental disturbance in regards to the enamel. It is not a disease, but rather a cosmetic condition. The effects of fluoride on tooth enamel include lower mineral content and an increase in porosity.
Fluoride In Water & Are You Drinking Too Much?
There is a plethora of information and research that shows the dangerous side effects of using fluoride. On the other hand, there are very few studies that show any significant benefits from drinking water containing fluoride.
When it comes to dental fluorosis, water fluoridation is an extremely controversial topic. Some view it as a public health measure, while others consider it an example of mass, systemic poisoning.
Fluoridated water accounts for 40% of all dental fluorosis cases, so there is a foundation for this extreme view. We consume these (sometimes) dangerous levels of fluoride via drinking water, children’s formula, or foods prepared with public drinking water.
This is a simple case of “You better be safe than sorry” and keep you and your family safe by avoiding excessive fluoride consumption. Follow these simple safety tips:
- Drinking filtered and purified water
- Using a homemade or all natural fluoride free toothpaste
- Making a fluoride free mouthwash