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*****For awhile now, our family has been using fluoride free toothpaste because of an earlier study that I did on the excessive amounts of fluoride in our food supply, water and environment. My dentist wasn’t very happy about us cutting off fluoride but then again I wasn’t very happy with her take on oral care. We also touched on mercury fillings and well that is a whole other topic we can talk about another day. Fluoride is toxic. Have you ever read the back of your fluoride toothpaste?
Warning : Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or dial (412) 390-3381 right away (poison Control Center).
****Why would I want to put poison in my children’s mouth – as recommended by my dentist to start using fluoride toothpaste and schedule fluoride treatments at least every year for my 3 year old son. Here are some reasons why I personally have decided to make my own toothpaste instead of just buying store bought fluoride free toothpaste. This is my research journey:
*Source 1: Fluoride Toxicity – Wikipedia
Like most soluble materials, fluoride compounds are readily absorbed by the stomach and intestines, and excreted through the urine. Urine tests have been used to ascertain rates of excretion in order to set upper limits in exposure to fluoride compounds and associated detrimental health effects. Ingested fluoride initially acts locally on the intestinal mucosa, where it forms hydrofluoric acid in the stomach.
Historically, most cases of acute fluoride toxicity have followed accidental ingestion of sodium fluoride based insecticides or rodenticides. Currently, in advanced countries, most cases of fluoride exposure are due to the ingestion of dental fluoride products. Although exposure to these product does not often cause toxicity, in one study 30% of children exposed to fluoride dental products developed mild symptoms.
Fluoride in Toothpaste
Children may experience gastrointestinal distress upon ingesting sufficient amounts of flavored toothpaste. Between 1990 and 1994, over 628 people, mostly children, were treated after ingesting too much fluoride from their toothpaste. Gastrointestinal symptoms appear to be the most common problem reported.
*Source 2: Weston Price Foundation – a different take on oral health –
Price went on to discover that when the food products of the industrial revolution – refined grains, canned foods, sugar, and pasteurized milk – were introduced into these traditional communities, tooth decay became rampant, closely followed by infectious disease, degenerative illness and infertility.
check out my blog “why these people are so healthy?” https://gentlerubies.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/why-are-these-people-so-healthy/
**Price recommends a daily intake of butter oil and fermented cod-liver oil to help strengthen teeth. Read article for more information.
*Source 3: Paleo Diet News – Here is where I learned about glycerine – Here is an article that inspired me to finally start making my own toothpaste: http://paleodietnews.com/2838/the-paleo-approach-to-healthy-teeth/
Excerpts from article:
Glycerin coats the teeth with a residue that prevents them from remineralizing (remineralization is an important part of tooth health, as we’re about to discover).
**Since we are trying to strengthen our teeth with organic foods and supplements in hopes that they remineralize our teeth – learning that glycerine in our toothpaste coats our teeth and therefore prevents our teeth from remineralizing I had to take action fast! So we made our own toothpaste!
….have you noticed that it’s only domesticated animals – humans and their pets – which seem to have ongoing problems with tooth decay? The teeth of wild animals are generally in very good shape, suggesting that tooth decay is far from being a natural part of life. In fact, tooth decay is a warning that the natural balance of things is way, way off…..
TOOTHPASTE RECIPE: Mix one part bicarbonate of soda with six parts coconut oil and use a small amount to clean the teeth. If you miss the minty taste of toothpaste, you could add a drop of peppermint oil, but be very careful not to use too much – essential oils have powerful antibacterial qualities and whilst this will help combat “bad” bacteria in the mouth, it can also upset the balance of “good” bacteria necessary for gut health.
****I buy the large organic coconut oil from Costco which cost around $16 because I use coconut oil for everything its a 54oz jar. I bought the peppermint oil from Sprouts which cost around $9 and the baking soda we already had which you can buy anywhere. We mixed the ingredients and put it in a small container for now. It takes a while to get used to…doesn’t really have a good taste but it works! Our one year old daughter doesn’t know the difference and didn’t make a face at all when we brushed her teeth with it…our 3year old boy didn’t like it but it was tolerable and he is getting used to it.
Give it a try! Reply to this post if you decide to switch…
Happy Holidays everyone!