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What is fluorosis? Fluorosis treatment and prevention

Effective Fluorosis Treatment and Prevention

Trey Murruy

There is a large amount of information about fluorosis treatment and prevention on the internet, but how do you know which advice to follow?

One of the more common causes of teeth staining is fluorosis. For years dentists have touted the benefits of fluoride. They have campaigned for its inclusion in many dental products like toothpaste and mouthwash. They even had many governments include it in the public drinking water.

This overexposure to fluoride caused stains that were hard to remove, even with high concentrations of teeth whitening products. That’s why Brighter Image Lab created Bilistic Teeth Cleaning System; it was specifically designed to remove tough stains!

What is Dental Fluorosis?

Dental fluorosis is an irreversible condition that can be caused by overexposure to fluoride. Fluoride is added to toothpaste and mouthwash in order to protect teeth from decay, but when too much of it builds up on the surface or within the tooth enamel, fluorosis will occur.

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Symptoms of Dental Fluorosis

Symptoms of fluorosis include:

– Tooth discoloration – white spots on your teeth that are often difficult to remove with high concentrated teeth whitening products.

– Tooth Sensitivity – The fluorotic tooth may feel sensitive, especially when eating or drinking cold or hot foods and beverages

– Dangerous Teeth Structure – Dental fluorosis can result in weakening of the enamel and changes in dental tissues, which may lead to tooth decay, tooth loss and other dental problems.

Dental Fluorosis Treatment and Prevention

Prevention of Dental Fluorosis

There are many ways to prevent fluorosis. One way is by avoiding contaminated tap water. Electing to drink bottled water or distilled water can be a great alternative.

You can also avoid fluoridated mouthwash, fluoridated toothpaste, fluoridated dental products, fluoridated beverages like sodas and fluoridated milk products.

Reduce your risk of fluorosis by scaling back on the amount of fluoride you get from other dental products like rinses, gels, varnishes and sealants. You should only use them once or twice a year for prevention, not every day.

Treatments for Dental Fluorosis

One way fluorosis is treated is through the use of fluorism braces. The fluorism braces work by releasing fluoride directly onto the teeth and gums without any contact with the fluorosis. This prevents fluorosis from occurring.

Fluorism braces do not fix fluorosis but they prevent it from occurring in new areas of the mouth that have yet to become fluorotic.

A dentist may also elect to try teeth whitening using hydrogen peroxide. The maximum allowed for their use is 40%, but many choose to keep it in the at-home range of 10%. This usually is not enough to remove stains caused by fluorosis.

Depending on the severity, the dental fluorosis treatment cost will vary.

Fluorosis Treatment and Prevention in Children

You can use a non-fluoridated toothpaste to clean your child’s teeth at home and let their dentist office use fluoridated products to clean them regularly to reduce his/her exposure to fluoride.

An At-Home Dental Fluorosis Treatment

Historically, at-home dental fluorosis treatments have been ineffective at removing stains from teeth. This is because hydrogen peroxide based at-home whitening kits are capped at the safe 10% level, which is not effective at removing dental fluorosis stains.

The risks associated with going to a dentist who uses 40% peroxide are unacceptable to some people. While the dentist may be properly trained, some fear that the task will be left to an untrained hygienist.

The Bilistic Teeth Cleaning System from Brighter Image Lab is the solution! From home, we can provide you with custom fitted Bilistic Trays, designed to hold our Bilistic Whitening Gel close to the tooth for the maximum benefit.

Many of the stains sit below the surface of the tooth, however. We have found it necessary to create the Bilistic Detox Serum which detoxifies the tooth, removing biofilm and tartar which clogs the pores of the tooth.

This allows the Bilistic Whitening Gel to penetrate the tooth and remove those deep stains.

We also have the Bilistic Tooth Polisher available which gives you another dentist quality tool to polish your teeth in the comfort of your own home.

You don’t have to live with dental fluorosis anymore! Call or chat with one of our smile specialists and learn tips on fluorosis treatment and prevention at home!

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Flurosis Client Hates Dentist

Fluoride Creates Huge Need for Client’s Smile Makeover

Bil Watson

Today I want to talk about fluoride but I also want to talk about the dentists that do videos that support fluoride.

Hey guys! Happy New Year’s, Merry Christmas all that other stuff is all done and gone. I wanted to have a rant today I figured everybody’s at work. What you’re gonna see on my desk is, I’ve got pages and pages front and back of a lot of stuff that I want to tell you about. I’m hoping that we’ll link it down below and that you’ll find some reason to look at it if it affects you.

Misconception of Fluoride

Guys I think it’s a grave mistake I think it’s one of the gravest of our time. I think fluoride is a poison and I think everyone should know where it comes from and how it’s made. I think if they did they’d pause on the effects that they let it have even in low dosage. My concern is that I hope that everyone takes what they know about fluoride and protects the smallest people around us. People under the age of 8.

I think it has negative effect. What I wanted you to know is I think any dentist that supports it should be able to say that he has a science degree,and that he’s actually used that science degree instead of just relying on old data. People see that a DDS degree means something and when a doctor says it’s safe for you, then you should be able to depend on that.

When a doctor tells you that it’s absolutely safe and communities that fluoridate the water have less cavities, then I would question that data and where it came from and when it was true and if it’s still real today. The reason being is because it’s not a dispute that’s been argued at a state level or city level. In major developed countries all over the world, they have proven against fluoridation of water because the negative effects.

What is Fluorosis?

a child with forwardly placed upper teeth, proclination

Now let me tell you why I don’t like fluoride. There’s a disease called Fluorosis. Fluorosis comes from people who get too much access to fluoridation. It’s a fluoride poisoning and it shows up in the teeth. I’ve got a picture here there to show you what it looks like.


This is what it looks like, it’s when you get spots, dots and pits all on your teeth and you don’t know why. People think you’re poor, you don’t brush your teeth , and they think that you just don’t practice good dental hygiene and it’s BS. I get cases like this every day. They’re so concerned with the cost of fixing it that they don’t even go to the dentist and find out what it is. When really the only thing they did wrong was do the same thing everybody else does, they just did it too much. I shouldn’t have to show you those pictures to sell you that fluorosis doesn’t exist if fluoride doesn’t exist. If it affected these people and if it’s one in a million, if you’re one of these people you don’t care what the percentages are.

Obviously if your teeth are strong, healthy, and nice you’d like to think that fluoride had something to do with it, but if it was just bought data then I think you need to know that as well. I see these cases.

In Need of a Christmas Miracle

This case came to me the other day at Christmas time, where a young lady that’s in her 20’s has a marriage, produced a baby moving a family forward in life and can’t smile came from the state of Kentucky. My problem with Kentucky is that it’s the number one fluoridated state in the country. I get an extraordinary amount of cases that come in like this from Kentucky, and it’s not something that happened yesterday or last year or 10 years from now. This happened 15 years ago because when those kids were six, ten years later they’re 16. Well add to that they’re 26, they’re making babies, moving forward in life, and the effects of brushing with fluoride has affected their teeth so bad that they can’t open their mouths in a social setting.

They take Christmas money, and instead of spending it on the spouse they ask mom to help them financially support a single arch veneer that may help them get their business started or get them going with a with job and career choices. So when I saw this case I saw it was for an upper only and I knew by looking at the case that this person needed top and bottom and guys I was so incredibly impressed when I actually got to call her on the phone and I realized one of the things that shocked me was is that no dentist had even taken the time to tell her what it is. She didn’t know what she was suffering from. We’re not dentists, so we just said let’s see what we can do. We will see what we can do to get it covered.

The Hypocrisy of the Dental Industry

Obviously the people that have Fluorosis, for the most part their teeth don’t hurt. It’s just that the enamel is not strong and it’s weathering and there’s different severity, but most of the people I talked to you say their teeth don’t hurt. They just wish they didn’t look so bad.

If you’re in an auto accident and you cut your finger or you cut your nose you can get plastic surgery because nobody wants a scar. But if you scar your teeth they think oh it’s just cosmetic, and if you want to fix that you have to pay that out-of-pocket. I know that Fluorosis for more than 10 years affected this lady so bad that I think her life would be incredibly different. I think the people that she loves would have benefited from all of her energies differently if something didn’t happen to her smile. It was something that didn’t happen to her by any fault of her own, she went with the best advice that was available to her. There’s dentists all over the state of Kentucky that could have easily made that information available.

When you talk to the 40% of teenagers that have some degree of Fluorosis that show up in their teeth, I promise you every one of those 40% would say I’ll do whatever I can to get rid of these spots on my teeth. And you hope that it’s just that small of a problem.

Profit Over Ethics

The other thing is I think that dentists who support fluoride need to be real careful in the fact that they’re not supporting a problem that they are going to profit from later. Because when you reject the people that don’t come in at 16, guess what when they’re 26, 36, and 46 those are problems that our profit centers for dentist. So you have to wonder are they motivated to prevent these problems and that’s my concern, that’s what bothers me.

My second thing is every dentist out there that wants to say they believe in fluoride needs to support their data, but besides their data they have to be clear about their conflict of interest. In other words if I’m a doctor that’s saying oh I see science all the time that says this stuff is safe and it helps remineralize teeth. Ask them every year that you’ve been in business how much do you profit every year from fluoride. If you were in business in 2000, what was your revenue for fluoride in 2000 and you forward that for five years or ten years. How much money do you make selling fluoride?

Question Your Dentist

The reason is it’s a profit center that they don’t have to sell to the client. What I want you to know it’s a true medicine, it’s a medication, and it is a treatment. Right now if I was to take any other medicine and pour it into the water system everybody would be concerned and say the water is contaminated. That’s whether it has any effect on it or not they wouldn’t want to assume it, even if it didn’t do anything but cure headaches. Somebody would say I don’t want my headache cured I want to make my own choices. I want to go to my doctor, I want to go to my pharmacy, and I want to get the appropriate amount of medicine that is made for my height, weight ,and body makeup.

You don’t get that argument when you get your fluoride from the tap water that you drink. It also assumes that everybody drinks the same amount of water and they brush their teeth with the same amount of time. The data supports that there’s a reduction in cavities and communities that have fluoridated water. Any doctor that wants to support that is relying on some science that is at the very least dated I think or incredibly convenient. I don’t think just the ADA is a reason to say I’m gonna take a poison, put it into my water or put it into my toothpaste. The reason being is because I think every one of my clients that come to me and ask me to help, would have asked their parents can you please be more sensitive about how you feel about fluoride.

Lasting Effects of Fluoride

Fluorosis would not exist if it wasn’t for fluoride, and these people would have dramatically different lives. I only see a small amount of cases, but this is a real case and the changes are profound and the choices would have been so much more appreciated if they could have just had these choices earlier. When you’re new , you’ve got a family, and you’ve coming up with these kind of situations you work around it and tell something happens. Generally that’s not going to happen in your 20s, probably won’t happen in new 30s, you’re lucky if you can afford it in your 40s ,and by the time you’re in your 50s you’re looking at different choices. All of which the dentists profit from guys.

I hope you enjoy the vlog this week and don’t forget to subscribe. I hope to bring you more videos that I think make a difference. It truly has an effect that will change you to some degree. I’ll see you next week let me know what you think about this video, and let me know what you think about fluoride.

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Meet Torri

Torri, Bil Watson how are you doing?

Good, how are you?

I’m sitting here working on your case. I have it here in front of me and the case is a little more sensitive than I thought, I think you have a situation called Fluorosis but I’m not a doctor. It’s most likely called Fluorosis. Do you have a soft enamel on your teeth, the cover of your teeth feel soft?

Um, sometimes yeah.

Yeah I want to do some more things on this case than what I normally do if you don’t mind.


First thing I need to do is, I want to give you some bleaching trays that we can put serum on your teeth that has some anti-microbials in it that should help clean these teeth. You wear them just like bleaching trays. Have you ever seen anybody wear bleaching trays before?

Yeah I’ve actually tried.

On this before picture how long ago was it taken?

Oh it was probably a year ago ,I’m not really sure.

I’m with you.

I could send you a more recent one. That was just I had a picture saved on my phone.

Ramping Up The Expectations

Yes, if you can send me a recent one it would help me a ton. Let me tell you what else I’m thinking about doing. I’m thinking about going ahead and trying to make you a bottom one at the same time and just don’t worry about paying for it. It looks like if your mom is doing it, and you got a brand-new baby it’s Christmas time l just don’t tell anybody okay.

I’m sorry I’m just so happy.

Well you just need this. You need this a lot, you need someone to be decent to you.

I appreciate you taking so much time.

Well we’re just going to get it perfect, it means the world to me it means. That new baby needs a mama that doesn’t mind taking her to play dates with big smiles. We’re going to take this case personally I’m going to go ahead and I’m going to build a couple different shades.

Thank you so much I really can’t tell you how much..

Well don’t thank me till we’re right, we still have a lot of work to do. This is a case I’m proud to do it’s a favor to me. Tell your family thank you the world, and get me some new pictures okay?

Thank you so much merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you too, thank you Goodbye.

The After Pictures


Hey what are you doing Kiddo? Hey, yours look so good and you sent me pictures right away. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with the pictures you look unreal. Perfect! It looks like you just got your life back.

I’m seeing a lot of my friends from high school tonight and I’m so excited. My boyfriend saw them and he loves them, and he wants some now.

These pictures tell the truth. The second pair, you haven’t tried those on yet have you?

No I haven’t.

There the new translucent color. They’re a little bit softer and they reflect light. They are our most expensive PressOn Veneer that we have, so let’s try those on now and then you gotta send me pictures. They’re thinner! It’s a sleeve, they’re more flexible too. The way they’re made is when you push them up they get tighter at the top.

Yeah I can tell they are tight.

And you should love the color.

Wow that’s amazing, oh yeah these fit amazing.

Oh my God.

I’m so excited to wear these and show these to people. Thank you so much you guys did so good thank you.

You don’t know how nervous I was. Could you tell how nervous I was ?

Yeah I had a feeling.

You kind of needed this to be perfect for you.

Yeah and y’all made it perfect thank you so much!

I knew that if I just sent out the tops like you ordered, it would only be like going to a party half dressed.

You’re exactly right, I thought the same thing as soon as I put them in. I’m so glad you sent me the bottom ones.

How A Smile Makeover Changed Her Life

Are you okay?

Yeah sorry I’m just emotional. I’ve been debating on going back to school, and I told my mom a few minutes ago after I put them in I’m so ready to do this now.

You can do anything now kid. I’m looking at these pictures that you just sent me, and that little girl can do anything.

I wish I could hug you right now.

The Reason We Are In Business

The fact that you sent me these pictures, I like the one with the tongue out that’s the best tongue picture I’ve got all year. I can’t tell you how excited I am. I know these are gonna be the best pictures of your life. When I saw your pictures it was no longer about what we do for a living anymore it’s just what we do. It wasn’t about money for me, it was about giving her what she needed, and the tools that she needed to be a mom. The pictures that you sent me are amazing! They are from a really happy person.

Thank you!

To think that I had anything to do with that, I don’t know how dentists literally have the know-how to help somebody and don’t. When I saw this there was just no way I was just going to make the tops without making the bottoms.

I feel like I can do so much more now, like I’m not holding myself back.

I am so glad that you sent me the pictures in advance. When I see pictures I could make a lot of things happen. If you hadn’t sent me those pictures, I wouldn’t have known what I was building. Even though I tried to get them out by Christmas, I got them out as fast as I could. But when you gave me the time to be me, I knew that I had a smile that needed to be built. When can you send me some pictures of the new smile? If I have any more questions I’ll call you back. But tell me it’s a great way to end the old year and start the new year.

Exactly it’s amazing thank you so much!

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Thanks to you all I’ve been so busy this week. I accepted a business opportunity, visited the school I’ll be attending, and made new friends along the way in less than a week. That’s what you helped me accomplish by giving me my smile back. I can’t thank you enough for changing my life.

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Fluoride in water - is it safe?

Fluoride In Water is Dangerous as it Creates 3 Problems

Bil Watson

Fluoride In Water Is Harming Your Health

You absolutely can’t miss out on what we are about to share about fluoride in water!

Do you have spots and stains on your teeth

Ever have trouble sleeping at night

Are there an extra few pounds around your middle

Your TAP water could be the culprit…

Read on to discover how fluoride in water harms your health and teeth and what you can do today to keep you safe. 

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral in your teeth and bones. It is found naturally in:

  • Water
  • Soil
  • Plants
  • Rocks
  • 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 health 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 toothpaste and other dental products, which means you are most likely being overloaded with FLUORIDE!

Why does this matter? Because it becomes HIGHLY toxic for your body!

Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about fluoride in water and how it is potentially harming your health.

Fluoride in Water 

Fluoride was added to water shortly after World War II in an attempt to improve dental care, however fluoridation continues to this day.

As with most new health ideas, there was a lot of excitement and focus on only the benefits of fluoride. The risks of regularly consuming it receives little consideration.

Nowadays, there is a plethora of information and research that shows the dangerous side effects of using fluoride – one of the side effects being its negative impact on your overall health and well-being.

One of the top harming effects of fluoride is that it prevents your pineal gland’s ability to function properly. It is located in the center of your brain and responsible for producing melatonin that regulates your sleep cycle.

When fluoride weakens your pineal gland, it can lead to a host of problems, such as:

  • Early aging
  • Sleeping trouble
  • Weight gain.

There are very few studies that show any significant benefits from drinking water containing fluoride. This is surprising considering the potential risks of consuming too much fluoride because of a fluoridated water supply. A major risk is fluoride intoxication.

Some studies even showed that cities which did not add fluoride to their drinking water had fewer cavities when compared to cities that did. The World Health Organization found that while only 3% of western European countries fluoridate their water, they have the same rate of dental cavities as areas that do not.

This study, and many other with similar results, should make you ponder…. 

Why are we drinking fluoride in the first place?

We must remind ourselves that fluoride itself is a toxic substance. So why, then, are we exposing ourselves to these toxins intentionally, through our water supply?

fluoride in water

The Dangers of Fluoride in Water

Teeth stains, spots, specks, dings and damage.

Dental fluorosis rates have been on the rise for years and have now reached groundbreaking levels. Information collected from a survey by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that:

  • 41% of American adolescents have some form of fluorosis.
  • That’s an increase of 400% from just 60 years ago.
  • Dentist offices continue to push fluoride treatments without properly informing parents of the potential risks
  • Dentists  fail to adequately educate on how to measure and manage the amount of fluoride their child is consuming.

Fluoride, fluoride E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E!

So, what can you do to keep you and your family safe? Next, let’s take a closer look at the steps you can start taking TODAY to reduce your fluoride exposure.

Removing Fluoride From Water

If you have fluoride in water (whether it’s at your home or place of work), and your efforts to petition you city to stop fluoridating your water are unsuccessful, there are steps you can take to remove it. Here are several options to choose from:

  1. Find Another Source: You can get your drinking water from an alternate source. Finding water processed by reverse osmosis or distilled is a good place to start. Your best bet is to choose alkaline or distilled water and AVOID tap water. A quick search of water delivery services in your area will provide options.
  2. Filter Your Own Water: You can also filter your own water to remove added fluoride in water. From at-home filtration systems to water filtering pitchers, the market is full of products  that can help you get cleaner drinking water. Again, a quick search of water filtration devices will provide you solutions.

While it is extremely important to have filtered drinking water for yourself, there are even more special considerations to make when you have small children.

Keeping Children Safe

Using fluoride free water is particularly important for us in infant formula and baby food whenever possible.

When using tap water, formula-fed babies are at a higher risk. Even though the risk may be small, if there’s fluoride in the water, using filtered water in baby formula is an easy way to protect your child against dental fluorosis.

One study found giving babies formula exposed them to 200X more fluoride than breastfed babies. Pediatrician, Dr. Yolanda White reported the following”

“I diagnose dental fluorosis on average 5 times daily, but fluoride doesn’t only affect teeth. It can potentially affect the brain and nervous system, kidneys, bones and other tissues in young children during their critical stages of organ development.”

Now that you have cleaner and safer drinking water, the next step in protecting your health and teeth from overexposure to fluoride it to use healthier dental products.

Fluoride Facts: STOP Harming Your Health

If you are still a little skeptical about whether you need to avoid fluoride or not… here are 3 alarming fluoride facts:

  1. Many developed countries do NOT fluoridate their water: The consumption of water with fluoride is greater in the USA than in the WHOLE rest of the world combined!
  2. Fluoride is the only MEDICINE added to public water: Because it is added to water to prevent tooth decay (a disease), it is considered a medicine by the Food and Drug Administration.
  3. Fluoride is NOT an essential nutrient: Need we say more?
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Fluorosis - Protecting Our Children From The Dangers of Fluoride

Fluorosis Emergency and 8 Problems Caused Besides Staining

Bil Watson

Fluorosis – Protecting Our Children

For decades dentists have informed us that our children need fluoride to shield their teeth from cavities. The fact is, fluoride is completely toxic. When consumed in high concentrations, fluoride causes dental fluorosis.

In 1997, Dr. John Colquhoun stated, “Common sense should tell us that if a poison circulating in a child’s body can damage the tooth-forming cells then other harm also is likely.” (Lindsay, 2006).

What causes 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. As previously mentioned, exposure to high concentrations of fluoride causes fluorosis, especially during the years when the teeth are developing, typically up to age 8.

Luckily, once the teeth break through the gums they’re no longer susceptible to dental fluorosis. Unfortunately, that’s of little comfort to those already suffering from its effects.

The effects of fluoride on tooth enamel include lower mineral content and an increase in porosity. Typically, the child’s pediatric dentist measures the damage by examining the surfaces of the teeth when clean, dry and under good lighting. The dentist (or dental hygienist) will then inquire about the child’s fluoride intake. They may ask for the source of their drinking water and what toothpaste they use.

This information will help determine if anything appearing on the surface is, in fact, a direct result of dental fluorosis. If the dentist suspects dental fluorosis, they can further examine the child’s teeth and gums. X-rays are beneficial to make sure the teeth do not have any other defects, like cavities.

Diagnosing Fluorosis

There are other conditions that can present themselves similarly to fluorosis. For example, developmental defects or issues with the skull or bones surrounding the face can disrupt teeth’s enamel or dentin. A history of high fevers or trauma (like a fall that directly injures a tooth) may discolor teeth in infants or young children.

Young children are susceptible to cavities in their primary teeth, so it is important to never jump to conclusions when diagnosing a child with possible dental fluorosis. The child’s dentist should assess any and all tooth discoloration of concern. It’s important to note that dental fluorosis will not cause cavities. Cavities are a separate issue.

Limited treatment options exist for children with dental fluorosis. An article on Fluorosis from toothpaste manufacturer Colgate states “minor cases of fluorosis do not need to be treated, especially if the fluorosis is only on the back of the teeth”. However, considering that fluoride in toothpaste is the #1 cause of dental fluorosis, should we really be relying on a toothpaste brand to tell us what is and isn’t worthy of treatment? Or should we insist that those causing the problem leave the determination of whether a negligent poisoning is worthy of treatment – to the people they poisoned?! I think the idea that they’d have an opinion at all is an insult to those suffering!

Does fluorosis go away?

Many believe the appropriate treatment for mild cases of fluorosis is bleaching. Some treat moderate cases with micro-abrasion. This removes the outermost, affected layer of enamel from the tooth’s surface in an acidic environment. Though they treat the cosmetic appearance, the actual damage to the tooth’s enamel is irreversible.

Severe cases of fluorosis generally receive bonding, crowns or teeth veneers. The child’s pediatric dentist should discuss and administer any and all treatment options.

Then again, as with toothpaste brands, should we really ask the dentist to define the severity of fluorosis, when they pushed the fluoride treatments in the first place? Can we truly expect them to be unbiased when their own potential malpractice is in question.

Our Experience With Fluorosis

Because of our work, we receive a plethora of cases from individuals affected by fluorosis. In our own anecdotal experience, a disproportionate amount of these cases come from the state of Kentucky. Our understanding is that Kentucky is one of the most over-fluorinated states in the country.

The damage we see on the teeth of our clients is the result of exposure from 15 years ago, on some of these individuals. They come to us, ashamed to smile due to the effects of brushing with fluoride.

Presently, they want teeth veneers to give them confidence to start their business or go back to school – and we’re are thrilled to help them. But, until now no one has informed these individuals what they are suffering from – not even their dentists. And that’s alarming to hear!

The Rise of Fluorosis

It should come as no surprise that dental fluorosis was rarely found in western countries prior to the widespread use of fluoride in the dentist industry. Today, we see fluoride in most toothpastes, mouthwashes, not to mention many municipal water supplies will contain added fluoride chemicals. All these factors help to explain why dental fluorosis rates have been on the rise for years and have now reached groundbreaking levels.

Information collected from a survey by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that 41% of American adolescents have some form of fluorosis. That’s an increase of 400% from just 60 years ago. So far, dentists continue to push fluoride treatments without properly informing parents of the potential risks,  and fail to adequately educate on how to measure and manage the amount of fluoride their child is consuming.

White Spots, Brown Spot & Stains On Teeth

The visual effects of Fluorosis dictates the severity.

Questionable: Normal, healthy teeth appear to have a smooth, glossy surface, that’s typically a pale white color. A possible indicator of the presence of dental fluorosis is an appearance of slight aberrations on the enamel. This can range from just a few white flecks to occasional white spots. This level of possible fluorosis is labeled “questionable” because it cannot be diagnosed as the mildest form of fluorosis, but it also can’t be classified as normal.

Is dental fluorosis dangerous?

Mild Fluorosis: A very mild case of fluorosis is small, opaque, paper white-areas that are typically scattered irregularly over the tooth. It involves less than 25% of the tooth’s surface area. Teeth also show no more than 1-2 mm of white opacity at the tip of the summit of the cusps of the bicuspids or second molars.

Mild dental fluorosis typically presents itself with bilateral, opaque, white striations that will run horizontally against the enamel. The opaque areas may form white patches. Yet, it does not involve more than 50% of the tooth.

Moderate Fluorosis: Moderate cases will affect all enamel surfaces of the teeth. The surfaces will show wear as brown staining as the main feature. Teeth can also begin to erode and even crumble.

Severe Fluorosis: In severe cases of dental fluorosis, the enamel can become discolored. The stains will not be present when the teeth initially irrupt in the mouth, as fluoresce enamel does not appear discolored. Stains will develop over time, which is due to diffusion of exogenous icons, such as iron and copper, into the abnormally porous enamel. These stains appear brown and are widespread, making the teeth look corroded. All enamel surfaces are now affected. Hypoplasia is also present. The general form of the tooth may also be affected.

The visual effects of dental fluorosis can greatly affect one’s self-esteem. Children who have dental fluorosis can suffer great embarrassment over the appearance of their teeth.

Why aren’t dentists concerned with fluorosis?

If dentists know, first-hand the effects of fluorosis, why are they waiting until there’s an issue to address this topic? They do know children cannot reverse the appearance by brushing and flossing, which is very discouraging.

The severe cases of fluorosis can cause a child to appear as if they have rotten teeth, something sure to illicit harsh judgment from others. Even the milder forms of dental fluorosis can have an effect on a self-esteem.

We live in a society that places a high value on the look of one’s smile and teeth. Someone suffering the effects of dental fluorosis is often viewed as less attractive and less pleasing compared to those with unaffected teeth.

If dentists are aware of this appalling outcome, where is the demand for a showing of care and compassion. We should expect dentists to fully disclose fluoride’s dangerous effects to their patients.

Shockingly, we’ve accepted cases in which our clients come to us in their 20s or 30s not even realizing they have fluorosis. Despite their teeth being an embarrassing hindrance to their life and happiness, many people haven’t even identified fluoride as the source of their suffering.

Fluorosis - Protecting Our Children From The Dangers of Fluoride

Is there enough fluoride in water to cause fluorosis?

Fluoride In Water & How Much is Too Much 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.

That extreme view isn’t unfounded, considering fluoridated water accounts for 40% of all dental fluorosis cases. We consume these (sometimes) dangerous levels of fluoride via drinking water, children’s formula, or foods prepared with public drinking water.

Fluoride levels in municipal water supplies can range from 0.7 to 1.0ppm. This number will vary depending many factors, including the time of the year.

Can fluorosis be cured?

When it comes to fluorosis, prevention is key. That’s why it is imperative for pediatric dentists to educate parents in regards to the fluoride content in their child’s overall exposure level. This warning should include the source of their drinking water. You can obtain this information through the local water supply company, if not already known.

In addition to drinking water, diet can also contribute to fluorosis. Any food items or sodas manufactured with fluoridated water will also contribute to the development of dental fluorosis. You should account for all areas with great attention when it comes to the total fluoride intake for infants. This includes everything from water used to dilute formula, to food and other supplements.

The Benefits of Fluoride

There are very few studies that show any significant benefits from drinking water containing fluoride. This is surprising considering the potential risks of consuming too much fluoride because of a fluoridated water supply.

The prevailing belief that a fluoridated water supply reduces the prevalence of tooth decay is simply not supported by the data. Yet, many communities pay to add fluoride to their local water supply anyway.

Some studies even showed that cities which did not add fluoride to their drinking water had fewer cavities when compared to cities that did. The World Health Organization found that while only 3% of western European countries fluoridate their water, they have the same rate of dental cavities as areas that do not.

This study, and many other with similar results, should give you pause. Why are we drinking fluoride in the first place? We must remind ourselves that fluoride itself is a toxic substance. So why, then, are we exposing ourselves to these toxins intentionally, through our water supply?

Is All Fluoride Created Equal?

Most people don’t realize that fluoride added to city drinking water is not the same, pure,  sodium fluoride found in toothpaste. Instead, it is made from industrial toxic waste. This industrial waste is 26 percent hydrofluorosilicic acid and 74 percent wastewater, which often contains toxic heavy metals.

Most people would be horrified to know that It is not purified or regulated. In water treatment plants, they found stainless steel fixtures (in rooms where fluoride additives are handled) completely corrode after prolonged exposure. That really puts the power of fluoride in perspective!

Fluoride Toxicity

The causes and effects of fluorosis are discussed thoroughly throughout this article. But, how much do you really know about fluoride itself?

Fluoride is the 13th most abundant element present in the earth’s crust. It belongs to the halogen group of elements. It’s found naturally in water, soil, even plants and animals. Trace amounts of fluoride is even found in all mineralized tissues in the body; such as bones, dentin, and of course, tooth enamel.

Though there are some benefits to fluoride, regulating the amount of fluoride is crucial. Fluoride is found 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 consume too much fluoride. Fluoride consumed at elevated levels is know to have seriously detrimental effects on the human body.

Excessive Ingestion of Fluoride

It’s important to note that excessive ingestion of fluoride is typically traced to off-the-shelf oral hygiene products. 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 is ‘recommended’ because their swallowing reflex is not completely developed.

Fluoride – Giving Poison To Children

For us, this begs the question, “If there is a high risk of accidental ‘overdose’, why do we offer this poisonous ingredient to children at all?!” In what other situation are parents instructed to give their child something dangerous? Especially when the only warning they get (in the fine print on a plastic tube) is, “oh, and don’t let them swallow?” It is only at the insistence of the dental industry that we are told this risk is necessary.

Then manufacturers flavor these fluoride toothpastes like candy. This reinforces the idea for children to ‘eat’ it voluntarily, rather than spitting it out as recommended. Why don’t we hold dentists to the same standards as a medical professional? If your general practitioner were to prescribe you medication that poisoned you, they’d lose their license. They’d be sued for malpractice, and possibly sent to jail. Yet dentists are doing every time they send patients home with a sample tube of toothpaste.

Other Health Concerns Caused by Fluoride Consumption

Fluoride consumption also goes beyond just damaging the teeth. Other health problems include bone cancer, brain cell damage, muscle disorders, arthritis, bone fractures, cell death, blood disorders, infertility, and more. The Great Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility reported, “Fluoride exposure, at levels that are experienced by a significant proportion of the population whose drinking water is fluoridated, may have adverse effects on the developing brain.”

In another study conducted by a British researcher, cells found within the pineal gland (a gland that contains calcified deposits that accumulate fluoride) were equally as susceptible to fluoride-induced toxicity as were teeth. The only difference is the pineal gland is not visible to the eye, while the teeth of course are.

The researcher stated, “The safety of the use of fluorides ultimately rests on the assumption that the developing enamel organ is most sensitive to the toxic effects of fluoride. The results from this study suggest that the pinealocytes may be as susceptible to fluoride as the developing enamel organ” (Luke, 1997).

What other, unseen damage is fluoride causing? How much more exposure will we be subjected to before they are discovered?

Reducing Fluoride Exposure

Concerned about how much fluoride is in your drinking water? You can usually find this information on your local government’s website. If your city is adding fluoride to the drinking water, reach out to your local representative and request they stop the practice of additive water fluoridation.

In this application, fluoride is essentially used as a medication to prevent tooth decay. Citizens would revolt if they knew your city added any other medication to the water supply..

And yet they contaminate our water intentionally without recourse. When we’re sick, we make the choice to go to the doctor and/or get prescribed medication. We don’t get that choice when they add fluoride to our water supply. Municipalities are taking it upon themselves to make health decisions on our behalf, and we’re letting them.

Removing Fluoride From Your Water

If your efforts to petition you city to stop fluoridating your water are unsuccessful, there are steps you can take to remove it. You can also get your drinking water from another source. Finding water processed by reverse osmosis or distilled is a good place to start.

If you choose to, you can also filter your own water to remove added fluoride. Using fluoride free water is particularly important for us in infant formula and baby food whenever possible.

We place formula-fed babies at a higher risk when tap water is used. Even though the risk may be small, using filtered water in baby formula is an easy way to protect your child against dental fluorosis.

One study found that babies given formula were exposed to 200X more fluoride than breastfed babies. Pediatrician, Dr. Yolanda White reported the following, “I diagnose dental fluorosis on average 5 times daily, but fluoride doesn’t only affect teeth. It can potentially affect the brain and nervous system, kidneys, bones and other tissues in young children during their critical stages of organ development.”

Seeking Alternative Dental Products

In addition to monitoring fluoride in the water, there are other areas to examine. Fluoride toothpaste is usually the largest source of fluoride intake for young children and a major risk factor for dental fluorosis. Ideally, provide your children with non-fluoride toothpaste whenever possible.

If your children do use fluoride toothpaste, always supervise them to ensure they’re using only a small amount of paste. Ensure they spit out the excess paste and rinse thoroughly. Also be aware that toothpaste is flavored (for example, bubble-gum, various fruit, candy, etc.). This can be misleading because children will have a greater desire to swallow it since the taste is enticing.

Questioning The Dentist

Another thing to mind when monitoring fluoride intake will be gel treatments at the dentist office. Only those at high risk for cavities should receive fluoride gel treatments. Still, most dentists continue to offer –sometimes insist on- fluoride treatment regardless of the patient’s cavity risk.

If your dentist offers you a fluoride gel treatment, make sure to inquire on their reasoning. Then decline the service if you feel their recommendation is based on adding billable services, rather than medical necessity.

Other Fluoride Concerns

Remember we mentioned fluoridated water is used to make foods and other beverages? That’s yet another area to be aware of. The more processed a food is, the more fluoride it’s likely to contain. Some amount of fluoride will be present naturally, even in fresh spring water and fresh foods (like fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk, and grains).

Mechanically processed chicken (like chicken fingers and chicken nuggets) is another hidden source of fluoride. These usually have elevated fluoride levels compared with hand-processed chicken.

This difference is due to the mechanical de-boning process which can increase the number of bone particles within the meat. Bone is the main place where fluoride accumulates in the body and that fluoride can leach into the meat in greater quantities, which broken, chipped, and smashed. Chicken meat has shown the highest levels of fluoride compared to any other mechanically de-boned meats.

Processed drinks like soda, juices, and sports drinks will contain more quantities of fluoride than processed foods. Bottled teas and instant teas contain higher levels of fluoride. Excessive tea consumption is linked to a bone disease known as skeletal fluorosis. On the other hand, some teas contain high levels of health boosting antioxidants which are good for overall health and also protect against fluoride toxicity.

Interestingly, Teflon-coated pans can also significantly increase the fluoride content of the food cooked in them. So in the context of food contaminates, use stainless steel pans, especially when cooking food for a child in their prime years of tooth development.

Fluoride In Medication

Medications are another source of hidden fluoride as many pharmaceuticals are fluoridated. Some medicines contain a “carbon-fluorine bond.” And some of these drugs are found to metabolize into fluoride within the body.

One such medication is Cipro. Other examples of chemicals that will break down into fluoride include: fluoridated anesthetics (such as Isoflurane & Sevoflurane), Niflunic acid, Flecainide, and Voriconazole. If these medications are prescribed, ask if there is a safer alternative available.

Obviously fluoride is an important topic and we feel strongly that not enough people are talking about it.

Why Fluorosis Matters

This is an issue everyone should care about. Particularly, if you have children with developing teeth. Though it’s not considered a disease, it can severely destruct the cosmetic appearance of the teeth, and may destroy a growing child’s self-esteem.

Fluoride is toxic. We’ve seen the corrosion of the teeth affected by it, and we can only imagine the internal the damage it can causes when consumed in unsafe amounts.

We don’t believe that fluoride is universally bad, but we do believe that there’s no enough research on the continued use as a public health initiative, and there is certainly not enough evidence to support the beneficial claims made by government officials and dentists.

You deserve more scrutiny, study, and more honestly from those that are here to serve and treat you. In fact – you should demand it.

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