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What is fluoride and how can it impact your health when ingested inappropriately?

The Health Effects of Ingested Fluoride on Human Health, What is fluoride and how can it impact your health when ingested inappropriately?, BioSmile Dentistry Santa Monica, CA

Fluoride is the thirteenth most abundant chemical element in the world. It’s present in the air, water, soil, and rocks. It’s used in the production of pesticides, ceramics, glassware, and more. Fluoride became a preventive dental care treatment in 1945 through water fluoridation, which became a standard procedure in most places worldwide. However, there has been a lot of research about the negative health impacts of water fluoridation, and many countries have stopped providing it in tap water.

Studies have shown that fluoridated water, Fluoride in toothpaste, and topical Fluoride treatment used on children actually don’t have much impact on cavity prevention. It is much more important to learn how to control plaque and adopt a healthy diet at an early age. In biological dentistry, we firmly believe that Fluoride should not be incorporated in our dental practices or our daily lives, as it has primarily been proven to be toxic for our general health.

When ingested in unsafe amounts, Fluoride can lead to multiple health issues; it can cause:

  • Damage to the developing brain of babies, which can lead to learning deficiencies in children.
  • Damage to the thyroid and pineal gland
  • Arthritis, as Fluoride causes calcification of cartilage, an essential part of our joint systems.
  • Bone disease.
  • It can also increase the risk of developing bone cancer, diabetes, and dental fluorosis.

Click here to view an article written by our hygienist Guylaine Lecours, who recently completed her certification as a biological hygienist!

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