What’s the Deal with Fluoride?

Okay, really. What is the deal with fluoride in our water? Good? Bad? Doesn’t matter?

When I was a kid, fluoride in our water was good.

Now, I feel like I’m reading mixed reviews on weather or not we should or shouldn’t drink water that has fluoride in it. Do we need brita filters? What about fluoride free toothpaste, or the toothpaste that does have fluoride.

Wow. Does it really matter?

Do you ever feel like there is so much research (or lack of) on every.single.topic. in the world that we have to ask ourselves sometimes – what’s the most important?

Anyways, what’s your take on fluoride?

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

16 thoughts on “What’s the Deal with Fluoride?

  1. watch the documentary food matters. it's an auto play on netflix. it has a good bit on fluoride. my brother (the conspiracy theorist) told me a while ago about the way hitler used fluoride. evil. it's hard to weed through all the info. with the internet making tons of information available, it seems the harsh truth being revealed is that the more we've messed with things, the more we've screwed them up.

  2. We have fluoride in our water and since some of it absorbs into your body just by showering, I don't drink our tap water or use fluoride toothpaste. I agree with the comment that the more you mess with something, the more you mess it up! My son's dentist told me he doesn't need anymore fluoride than what is absorbed during his bath. Too much fluoride causes your enamel to become too hard and then it becomes brittle. Oral hygiene is the most important part, which of coarse we all know.

  3. NO flouride for us! We get non florinated water delivered (our well water is GROSS) and we try to use non florinated toothpaste. That's actually a topic I was just going to blog about because I was afraid my kids were going to go to college with their Silly Strawberry toothpaste. Tom's regular toothpaste doesn't taste that great, but surprisingly when we ran out of Silly Strawberry and they didn't have the OPTION of that kind, the transition went pretty well.

  4. I know that we has non-fluoridated water for 6 months and my daughter was using fluoride free toothpaste for 4 months of that time and now she has to get 2 caps and a filling because she has cavities. We brush her teeth every morning and night. She doesn't eat much candy or drink soda.
    The only bad thing I've heard about fluoride is if you get to much(which sounds hard to do) you or your child could get discolored spots on your teeth. I think I'd take a little bit of discoloration any day to what I'm going to have to go through with my daughter to get her 2 caps and filling. She's only 2! I cried for a few days. I felt like such a horrible parent.

  5. Here are a few of the health issues from drinking fluoridated water:

    *Thyroid Disruption – affecting the complete endocrine system and leading to obesity and diabetes
    *Neurological – diminished IQ and inability to focus (ADD), lethargy, weariness, possibly fibromyalgia.
    *Melatonin Disruption – sleep disorders, increased aging, lower immunity to cancer.
    *Alzheimer's Disease
    *Pineal Gland – calcification of this gland located in the middle of the brain.

    I copy/pasted from http://www.naturalnews.com

    We try to avoid flouride in our drinking water and toothpaste. There is so much to digest when it comes to what is good what is bad anymore, it can be overwhelming.

  6. As long as you're not eating it in toothpaste by the tubeful, probably not a big deal. Most towns now fluoridate their water, but we have rural water and just installed a filtration system. I'm not even sure we'd get any into us even if it WAS put into our water. all things in moderation is our motto I guess?

  7. We buy water from our local “whole foods” type store (not whole foods though, there water is twice as expensive, the place I get it from is .25/gallon) in a 5 gallon thing I bought off amazon (it has a spigot so no water tank stand needed). Its reverse osmosis which removes the fluoride and everything else. pretty sure a brita filter won't remove the fluoride. RO also removes all of the minerals that are in water, so I got a liquid trace mineral supplement (amazon, again!) and I add the minerals back in. I think there was a big deal a few months ago about a study showing lower IQ among children drinking fluoridated water (or large amounts of).

    I can't find anything that says using fluoride topically does any damage though, so we use fluoride toothpaste (not for our 2 year old though, she would swallow it).

  8. I think there are actually very few filters that remove fluoride. The Berkey has a special filter to remove it.

    And I'm so on the fence about tons of issues. I just don't know who to believe! Everyone claims to have their evidence, and yet they can't all be right! Vaccines, fluoride, you name it. I'm so DONE!

  9. We have it in our town water..it's been so controversial here. We use the Melaleuca non-fluoride toothpaste and don't do the fluoride treatements at the dentist.

    Apparently pregnancy is really hard on your teeh according to my dentist. After my first kiddo I had 6 cavities. At the time I was using fluoridated toothpaste. This time around I'd been using Melaleuca for almost 2 years. When I told my dentist I was pregnant she gave me a prescription for toothpaste that had more fluoride in it. Not wanting to argue I took it. Never filled it. This time..2 small cavities. I probably brushed less this time around too. I'm not sure it helps.

  10. Fluoride is neither a nutrient nor required for healthy teeth. Consuming a fluoride-free diet does not lead to more tooth decay. Tooth decay is totally a diet-realated disease. Besides avoiding sugar (natural, also, as in apple juice) children must consume a nutrient dense diet rich in tooth building essential nutrients such as calcium, vitamins A, D, K and others.

    Ingesting fluoride does not reduce tooth decay. Fluoride gets absorbed topically, only. Like all drugs, fluoride has adverse side effects. See http://www.FluorideAction.Net/health

  11. Our city just voted to remove it from the water supply. I don't know much about it but it will be interesting to see what the next few years brings.

  12. i think flouride in our toothpaste is good bc we're not swallowing it. Im uncomfortable about it being in our water and consuming it. That cant be good!

  13. i am a hygienist in Arkansas and we do not have fluoride in our water yet…our state just passed a law to mandate fluoridation in towns water supplies with a population of i think 5,000 or more… fluoride in water is wonderful because it is monitored at a safe level..it is so great for our teeth, especially for children…i worked in a pediatric dental office for the past 3 years and we prescribed fluoride supplements as early as 6 months! it's all about moderation…too much of course is a bad thing and can cause fluorosis (a discoloration of the teeth) but at the right levels it can actually help the teeth become stronger and resist cavities!!!

    i have to disagree with nyscof's comment above… fluoride can be absorbed topically (at the dentist's office and with fluoride toothpaste) AND systemically (through the body with either water or a supplement). being a hygienist i see the link between mouths who were exposed to fluoride and those who were not…it does make a difference…

    hope this info helps!

  14. We were given a prescription for fluoride supplements for our kids at the dentist, but I didn't fill them because we have it in our water already. I do hear conflicting stuff all the time about it. It can get really confusing!

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