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"Is this toothbrush approved by the National Dental Association?" Said no one in real life ever, but that's neither here nor there. The real question right now is, do you really know what's in your toothpaste?
We are taught at a very young age that we need to brush our teeth with toothpaste everyday to keep our mouths clean and our teeth cavity free. Commercials show us that popular brands go above and beyond to help us maintain our dental health and when we go to the dentist, they even give us free samples of these brands. But for a long time I never thought about what was actually in the toothpaste that I was using everyday, at least twice a day, for over 25 years.
So what’s in conventional toothpaste? Well, there’s a bunch of ingredients, but let’s look at the big one for now, sodium fluoride.
Sodium fluoride is an inorganic chemical put in some municipal water supplies and toothpastes to prevent cavities and strengthen tooth enamel . For a long time there has been debate over the safety of fluoride. As with most things, there are at least two sides to every story. Most of us have heard the pro-fluoride story all our lives, so after much research, I give you a snippet of the other side’s.
Fluoride, while proven to help prevent cavities, is also used as an insecticide, a wood preservative, and an abrasive. It’s also used in some cleaning products, photography and film supplies, glass manufacturing, and many other things . it can even be found in some foods, like milk. This chemical is quickly absorbed into our body and while there is a miniscule amount in things like toothpaste fluoride is added to many other things we ingest everyday.
Studies done on mice have shown that when exposed for a long period of time, fluoride becomes neurodegenerative and has indicated that it is a neurotoxin. In humans it accumulates on our pineal gland, which controls the natural sleep and happiness chemicals in our bodies . More than 23 human studies have linked fluoride to brain damage and many more proving its toxicity . Dr. Dean Burk, co-founder of the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) even went as far as equating water fluoridation “public murder" . All of these effects are even more severe in infants and children.
Yes, there is only a tiny amount of fluoride in toothpaste, water, and some foods but I think about how much it actually is when you add it all up. Personally, I have brushed my teeth at least twice a day, everyday for the last 26 years. When I had braces I brushed at least 3 times everyday.
There is so much more information out there about sodium fluoride and how it affects us as human beings. Honestly, I could easily write a 10-page paper on the subject but I decided to keep it short and sweet for you beautiful souls. I don’t claim to be a professional or know everything there is to know on this topic, but I think it’s important to share what I do know. As someone who is trying to live the healthiest lifestyle I possibly can I encourage everyone to do the research not just about toothpaste but about everything you’re putting into your body.
If you’re interested in trying something new and fluoride-free, check out my Water & Earth Herbal Toothpowder! There are so many things in this world already trying to kill us, why help by adding more?
- With Love, Rah
 PubChem Sodium Fluoride
 Encyclopedia Britannica
 Huffington Post Healthy Living
1 Harvard School of Public Health, Impact of fluoride on neurological development in children
2 Center for Disease Control 2010 Water Fluoridation Statistics
3 Global Healing Center, Medical journal designates fluoride as neurotoxin
4 Water Fluoridation Infographic