Why You Should REFUSE Fluoride Treatments For Your Child

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Yet another established medical/dental procedure that I have always declined for my family is the routine use of fluoride treatments in the dentist office. Don’t let them get near you with this toxic substance!

Fluoride is a Poison And Does Not Belong In Water

Fluoride is xenobiotic — it is a poison — not a nutrient. According to Dr. Kennedy (a speaker at the Healthy Mouth Summit), fluoride is harmful to the microbes that live on teeth and it damages the way the body makes energy, teeth, bone and blood. It increases mineral content but lowers the tinsel strength of bone and gets into the marrow and lowers the blood cell count — wrecking havoc with blood cell production and the strength of the bones and teeth.

He’s not just saying that — a 2000 review of the literature by the British Government (University of York) found that there has not been a single properly conducted, high quality study to demonstrate that water fluoridation has benefits — in spite of over 50 years of water fluoridation.

CDC 2001 Review

In 2001 The Centers for Disease Control summarized the use of fluoride to guide health care professionals, health officials and policy makers in the use of fluoride. They cite many studies that prove the effectiveness of fluoride in preventing dental caries. However, they do not present the studies that show how toxic it is to the many systems in the body.

Choi 2012

Published in Environmental Health Perspectives in 2012, Choi and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies to investigate the effects of increased fluoride exposure and delayed neurobehavioral development. This had never been addressed before.

They found that children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas. They concluded that,

The results support the possibility of an adverse effect of high fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment. Future research should include detailed individual-level information on prenatal exposure, neurobehavioral performance, and covariates for adjustment.

According to Dr. Kennedy, there are studies that were not included in Choi’s review that also indicate a much greater impact of fluoride on neurodevelopment.

Fluoride is an Industrial Waste Product

Fluoride is a hazardous waste product of the aluminum industry and the phosphate fertilizer industry. These companies need a cheap way to get rid of this ground water pollutant. The old solution to pollution — is dilution – right into the drinking water. It is illegal to dump this waste into rivers and lakes or release the parent gases into the atmosphere. Does it make sense to purposely release it into our drinking water or put it in the mouth?

People living in the vicinity of aluminum, phosphate, steel, clay, glass and enamel manufacturing plants are exposed to high levels of fluoride in the air. Areas around these types of industries show extremely high lung cancer rates that decrease as you get away from the downwind plume of the steel mills.

Fluoride Warning Issues For Infants

In 1997 the Institute of Medicine set the level of fluoride for infants at .01 mg per day, as that is the amount found in breast milk. However, infants may get much more that that amount when they are formula feed and the formula is reconstituted with fluoridated water. They may get more than 0.7 mg a day — the tolerable upper intake as set by the IOM.

In 2006 the CDC and the American Dental Association finally admitted that infant formula mixed with fluoridated water increases the child’s risk for developing enamel fluorosis.

To find out the fluoridation status of your water click here, or call your local water authority and ask for your Water Quality Report. You will get a full report of many things in your municipal water.

Children Are Most At Risk For Fluoride Consumption

While may authorities support the use of fluoride in the water supply, the fact is that by adding it to the water and encouraging use of all kinds of fluoridated products such as tooth paste, mouth wash, fluoride treatments, etc. they are supporting the overuse of this toxic element.

Children don’t know how to spit and should not be given fluoride toothpaste because they swallow it! According to Dr. Kenendy, and FluorideAlert.org there is a lethal dose of fluoride in just 40% of a family sized tube of (flavored) toothpaste for a 40 pound child.

Main Sources of Fluoride Toxicity

  1. Water Fluoridation — waste product of industry
  2. Oral Hygiene products — toothpaste, mouth wash, fluoride treatments
  3. Medications
  4. Non- organic foods because of pesticide residue (cryolite is sodium aluminum fluoride) —  EPA has set the MRL (minimum risk levels) which are way above the levels that are toxic to people. For example, iceberg lettuce can now contain a whopping 180 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride—that’s 180 times higher than what’s recommended in drinking water! Romaine and leaf lettuce may contain 40 ppm. This pesticide is very sticky and difficult to wash off. Grapes are a huge source of cryolite as they are heavily sprayed as well as black and green tea and cereals. (source)
  5. Other food sources — any commercial drinks such as soda, soft drinks, juices (especially with grape juice as a base), soups, mechanically deboned meats and chicken (chicken nuggets), beer and wine (unless they are imported from Europe or other areas that don’t fluoridate the water), coffee and tea (if made with fluoridated water), packaged and processed foods, cereal grains.

Is Fluoride Beneficial At All?

According to Dr. Kennedy — not at all. The body uses calcium to bind fluoride to become calcium fluoride. As the bones remodel they release the fluoride into your system — removing the rest through the urine which can damage the kidneys. The elderly and people who have damage to their kidneys and decreased kidney function are at risk.

Fluoride accumulates in the body. Healthy adult kidneys excrete 50 to 60% of the fluoride ingested each day. Any remaining fluoride accumulates in the body, typically in the bones and pineal gland.

This study by J. Luke in 1997 found that fluoride accumulated in the pineal gland of gerbils and was associated with a significant acceleration of pubertal development in the females. They felt that this was the result of low levels of melatonin, due to the inhibition of fluoride on the four enzymes needed to convert tryptophan into melatonin.

Babies and children excrete less fluoride from their kidneys and absorb up to 80% of ingested fluoride into their bones. The concentration of fluoride in the bones increases over a lifetime.

Dental Fluorosis – a True Risk

The definition of fluorosis is the first outwardly visible sign of an overdose of fluoride in children under 8 years old. In children you can see it in the teeth — in damage to the enamel where the teeth were developing. Because of overuse of fluoride there is no hard enamel and so the teeth will pick up stains from food eaten daily.

With fluorosis there can also be neurological impairment and lower IQ. Four out of ten children or 41% of children in the US show damage to their teeth. In 1998 it it was only 22%.

Dental fluorosis in children may lead to crippling skeletal fluorosis in adulthood. The bones become very brittle and prone to fractures. There has been much written about the association of hip fractures resulting from too much fluoride.

Other Fluoride Related Injuries

Fluoride can negatively affect the thyroid gland by displacing iodine. Ritalin and Proazc are fluoridated drugs to name just two.

European Countries Do Not Fluoridate Their Water

In the United States, 74% of the country fluoridates the water. European countries do not.

What Causes Tooth Decay

  1. Eating sugar
  2. Leaving scum on teeth
  3. Bacteria  — Streptocuccus Mutans

Some Studies show that topical fluoride lowers tooth decay. However, fluoride is not particularly lethal to Strep Mutans the bacteria that causes dental cavities.

Effects of fluoride are predominantly post eruptive and topical (CDC 2001). According to Dr. Kennedy, the prevalence of dental caries in a population is not inversely related to the concentration of fluoride in the enamel. A higher concentration of enamel fluoride is not necessarily more efficacious in preventing caries.

How To Avoid Fluoride

  • Move to Europe or the countryside and dig a well — well water is low in fluoride.
  • Choose organic foods that have lower pesticide exposure.
  • In your garden, water the roots not the plant and there will be less uptake of fluoride — there is highest uptake in the leaf.
  • Chamomile tea, black tea and green tea uptake fluoride but most fluoride is in instant tea.
  • Diets high in animal fats and proteins are protective against fluoride exposure.
  • To detoxify fluoride use the following supplements:
  • Calcium and Magnesium in a 2:1 ratios; Vitamin C; Selenium (200 – 400 mcg);  Iodine — use Lugol’s or Iodoral — it is a nutrient form of 50/50 potassium iodine and iodide. Take it slowly because there can be a detox reaction as it knocks fluoride and bromine out and you will detox.

Fluoride Treatments

The American Dental Association and other health officials still insist that topical fluoride is beneficial to tooth enamel. Fluoride treatments are typically applied at each 6 month dental visit for youngsters.

According to Dr. Kennedy, Topical applications of fluoride will cause a dramatic increase in blood levels of fluoride even if it is not swallowed — it is always absorbed through the mucosa of the mouth.

According to Dr. Kennedy the dose of a fluoride treatment is 100mg/kg. The toxic dose of fluoride is 5mg/Kg. This is a toxic dose for a 40 pound child if ingested. The instructions are to NOT swallow the sweet sticky gel — but it will remain in the mouth and some will be absorbed.

As stated earlier, fluoride impairs brain function and decreases IQ. Too much fluoride causes fluorosis of the tooth enamel. Do you really want this for your child?

Be Your Own Advocate

As I have stated before many times, in any medical or dental situation, you have to be informed and be your own advocate. You have to be confident about your decisions.

I love my dentist (and I am very grateful for dentists in general), but sometimes some of the things he recommends are not on my list as safe, no matter who or what agency endorses them.

In spite of tremendous pressure from my child’s dentist (and assistant) I NEVER allowed my child to take fluoride supplements or have fluoride treatments. (Thankfully we do not have fluoridation here and prescriptions for fluoride were routinely given to babies and children). Now that I know even more about the toxicity of fluoride I am happy I made that decision.

As far as cavities go, as soon as we started a real food diet there have been no more cavities and thankfully the only cavities (3) he had were in baby teeth.

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  • Maria July 29, 2013, 8:09 am

    Thank you for the article. However, I must say that I honestly do not know where people got the idea that Europe has banned fluoride in tap water. I live in Europe and all EU countries where I lived and/or visited add fluoride to their water.

    • Jill July 29, 2013, 10:31 am

      Hi Maria,
      It seems to be the common thought that there is no fluoridation in the EU. How did you find out they do?

    • Dan Germouse July 30, 2013, 2:26 am

      Europe is about 97% free of the fluoridation experiment. Countries which inflict it onto some of their populations are Ireland, the UK, and Spain.

      • christina August 12, 2013, 11:18 am

        Fluoride is a by-product of Aluminum manufacturing. Most of Europe doesn’t fluoridate their water supplies like other countries, BECAUSE, they knew Hitler used it to kill mass amounts of JEWS during the Holocaust. The rights to fluoride was bought by a major corp.(would have to look it up), and Hitler’s biggest Propaganda Guy(can’t remember his name but I can look it up for you) was hired to push in the USA first. Then the US spread “freedom and advancement” like processed foods, etc., to the rest of the world. We still are. That’s why everyone hates us. We do not use fluoride. Our dentist tries to convince us every time we go. We only go 1X a year for cleanings and ask for a dry cleaning and a check-up. Mainly because we know our daughter (7 years old) is going to need braces, and we just need to make sure she does not have cavities.we do not use metal fillings if she does-but so far she has only had 3 cavities due to genetics(her dad and her step-sister’s teeth break from eating even soft foods), and I personally think from drinking commercial milk-which we have not consumed in 4 years. First we went to RAW milk while growing and raising own own food. We have now been PALEO for two and LOVE IT!!!. My teeth have always been perfect( I grew up on fresh food) and my daughter and her teeth are quite healthy now that we don’t consume dairy products. I think breastfeeding helped too.

        • Karl December 2, 2016, 12:32 pm

          Christina. Hitler “killed millions of jews” with fluoride??? Is this before or after he flew to Venus and planted strawberries?

    • Emma September 17, 2016, 7:52 am

      The other reason teeth can look like this isn’t fluorosis but hypoplasia the formation of the tooth is effected by illness or stress on the cells. So she may have been ill or stressed during the pregnancy. This should only impact baby teeth the adults don’t start forming until after birth

  • Marci July 29, 2013, 8:27 am

    Thanks for this. My son’s teeth looked like the picture above . The dentist told me it was because his birth mother (he is adopted) had too much fluoride.

    • Jill July 29, 2013, 10:32 am

      Hi Marci,
      I guess that can be true if he had no other exposure after birth. Thanks for sharing. The photo is a case of milk fluorosis. It can be much worse with staining and brown discoloration of the teeth.

  • Debbie July 29, 2013, 1:11 pm

    I totally agree! My now grown son, 27, has a bad case of fluorosis unfortunately. His pediatrician PRESCRIBED fluorosis drops as an infant, PLUS our city water had it which I used for juice and constituting his formula…… 🙁 I did not know…… I now know better having migrated to the REAL FOOD world, and would love to have those decisions back…..so young mommies, talk note!

    • Jill July 29, 2013, 4:02 pm

      Hi Debbie,
      Thanks for sharing! We do the best we can with the information we have at the time.

  • Jenny July 29, 2013, 6:09 pm

    I’m not sure if I missed it in the article, but is there fluoride in bottled water as well?

    • Dan Germouse July 30, 2013, 2:28 am

      Most, but not all, bottled water is low in fluoride.

      • Beth August 24, 2013, 7:21 pm

        Most bottled water is from PWS or Public Water Sources, so yes, most of it does.

  • amber July 30, 2013, 1:24 am

    Another great article, Jill.

    I always get that look when I refuse fluoride at the dentist..and ALWAYS refuse for my kiddos. Luckily I was well equipped with good info when my daughter was born and did not buy into the whole “you need to give your child fluoridated water”…they sell it in the baby isle. It’s freaking ridiculous.

    • Dan Germouse July 30, 2013, 2:31 am

      You can find a list of dentists and other professionals who have publicly opposed water fluoridation on the Fluoride Action Network website.

  • Stacy @Stacy Makes Cents July 30, 2013, 5:33 am

    This subject is very sensitive to me, because my teeth look like the top photo – I always refuse fluoride now and my doctors think I’m bananas – my kids will NOT be given treatments and we have a fluoride filter on our Berkey. I don’t want them to be paranoid about smiling to show their teeth like I am.
    Good post. Thank you.

  • Sharri July 30, 2013, 9:25 am

    Once I found out about this, I did refuse to allow fluoride for my kids–just be prepared, they treat you like you’re abusive by not allowing it. Be prepared to stand your ground!

  • reanna rodriguez August 2, 2013, 10:44 pm

    Did you know that flouride occurs naturally in the body? Did you know that topical flouride simply creates a stronger enamel
    called fluoro-hydroxyapetite which is harder for decay to affect? Only systemic fluoride can cause fluorosis (drinking water treated with fluoride.) It is physically impossible for topical fluoride to cause fluorosis… Do your own research before jumping on the bandwagon people come-on!!

    • Jill August 3, 2013, 10:04 am

      And what about the FACT that fluoride is absorbed through the mucous membrane of the mouth? Or swallowed by children (and adults) via toothpaste and other products?

      Most people do not know if their water is fluoridated and that in addition to all the typical uses of fluoride causes fluorosis. If it didn’t, all these people who suffer from it would not have it.

  • Crystal & Co August 6, 2013, 3:13 pm

    Love all of the dental insight you’ve been sharing lately! I am not a fan of fluoride, especially in our drinking water, and I believe it causes some of the stomach issues my husband and some of my children have.

    My readers loved this too! Check out your feature here: http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2013/08/best-mom-advice-8613/

  • Amy Goalen August 7, 2013, 10:02 pm

    My two front teeth look worse than the picture. They have looked like that since my adult teeth came in when I was eight. NO ONE could ever tell me what it was from. My Dad’s teeth are stained like that too so I was told once that it must be genetic…?! Only recently I found out it was from flourosis. I’ve wished for years I could have my teeth capped.

    • Jill August 8, 2013, 7:45 am

      Hi Amy,
      I think they do a less radical procedure now called veneers to cover that.

  • Marlene August 9, 2013, 4:05 pm

    Jill, You mean to say TENSILE strength, not “tinsel” strength.

    In “Fluoride: The Aging Factor,” John Yiamouyiannis, Ph.D., cites several instances where children died from fluoride treatments. A hygienst I know stopped giving fluoride treatments because children often vomited when the high-strength fluoride ran down their throats.

  • Catgrrrl August 12, 2013, 4:21 pm

    Thanks for the article. I’ve been reading up on fluoride on other sites too. We’re just getting into the real food/no fluoride lifestyle. I’m wondering if there’s a faucet mounted water filter that removes fluoride that can be used on the tap in the kitchen?

  • mamaof2 August 24, 2013, 4:15 pm

    What are your thoughts on xylitol?

    • Jill August 24, 2013, 5:12 pm

      I think it is better to nourish a body with food and improve dental health that way than to try to use a sugar alcohol for this (as xylitol is marketed as beneficial for dental health).

  • Beth August 24, 2013, 7:28 pm

    Have you ever heard of OIL PULLING – It truly works. Please look it up. It has been known to heal gums (yes, my own) and teeth alike. It’s an Ayurvedic medicine. I use Coconut Oil but originally people used Sesame Seed Oil. What you do is: First thing in the AM, before doing anything else, take a spoonful of Oil and swish it in your mouth and all through your teeth for 20 minutes. I know that seems long, but you can do it while in the shower or ironing your clothes. After 20 minutes, spit it into the garbage. (not the sink as oil isn’t good for your drains) Then brush with a natural toothpaste. You can now have your coffee! You can Google it or go to the Weston A. Price Foundation for more info.
    6 months ago my dentist told me I was getting ‘pockets’ at my gum line. I started oil pulling and she was amazed at my next check-up. They were gone! She said that in all of her years, she’s never seen that! 😀

  • Father December 17, 2013, 7:21 pm

    The dentists office where my 5 year old daughter goes told us that the law requires our child to get fluoride treatments when she goes. But we stand our ground and just say ‘no’. Aside from it being a scam and them insisting on her getting x-rays every time she goes in for teeth cleaning, I don’t think what they’re selling is right nor real.

    • Jill December 17, 2013, 8:33 pm

      Hi Father,
      That is outrageous and I would certainly look for a new dentist that does not lie.

    • Karl December 2, 2016, 12:46 pm

      We have a 9 months old boy and the pediatrician told us at the “checkup” that we are endangering our child by not giving fluoride supplements. I think this type of pressuring people should be illegal.
      I am glad you don’t let them scam you into giving in.

  • Justin February 7, 2014, 12:07 pm

    Where are your scientific references to back up yours and a few other people’s claims?

    • Jill February 7, 2014, 1:43 pm

      Did you not read the article?

  • Pamela Oatlle February 28, 2014, 9:34 am

    The given tips very important for us and everyone need to know about the tips. I liked your post and will come again to read more new. Thanks.

  • jamie March 26, 2014, 9:44 am

    My youngest daughters teeth look like that (white spots). She was breast fed for two years and has been on the WAPF diet all her life (12 years old) so where fluoride could have done the damage I have no idea. I seriously doubt the truth in this claim.

  • Brian Hitchcock July 27, 2014, 7:07 pm

    I read only a few sentences into the article, before stumbling across two egregious usage gaffes. The first is “tinsel (sic) strength”; the second “wrecking (sic) havoc”. These should be, respectively, “tensile strength” and “wreaking havoc”.

    You may have your facts right, but your misuse of language lowers my estimate of your intelligence, and thus makes me disinclined to read any more of your screed.

  • Bob Kirschner September 28, 2014, 9:00 pm

    Your facts are really not facts. You are a quack! I don’t understand how people like you think you are benefiting anyone. What drives this misguided information?

  • Brian November 9, 2014, 10:05 am

    I finally know why my teeth looks like the picture above. I must do something to avoid fluoride intake. Thanks, I have to protect my teeth now.

  • Mamaof4 December 10, 2014, 10:20 am

    Once I found out about this, I did refuse to allow fluoride for my kids–just be prepared, they treat you like you’re abusive by not allowing it. Be prepared to stand your ground!

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