The dental profession has embraced a full range of fluoride treatments, including topical fluoride, fluoride in tooth paste and fluoridation of the water supply. For many dentists, to be against fluoride is the craziest thing that they have ever heard of- why would anyone be against anything that prevents tooth decay and is so good for you?
But Is This the Real Story About Fluoride?
Fluoride actually has two issues, one topical application in the dental office or tooth paste, the other is water fluoridation. Research has shown that fluoride only works in a topical manner. Fluoride interacts with hydroxyl-apatite to form fluorhydroxyapatite, which is more resistant to dissolving in the acids produced by the decaying bugs. In addition, fluoride is an anti-metabolite of bacteria (plaque). But there are other factors involved in bacteria control that is, plaque in our mouth- including nutrition, genetics, oral hygiene and salivary flow. More to the point, fluoride is a known xenobiotic, or toxin. In fact, a NIH panel concluded that “most tooth decay research is poorly done and lack of fluoride doesn’t cause decay but poor diet does.”Read More