Allopathic dentists commonly resort to a compound called fluoride in attempts patch microscopic holes in teeth left by the loss of calcium and phosphate. Contrary to traditional dental beliefs, fluoride does NOT rebuild or remineralize teeth. Topically-applied fluoride (either in toothpastes or in gels applied during a professional cleaning) binds to the outside of enamel, creating an acid-resistant barrier. While topical fluoride does provide a level of protection, it exacerbates weakening of enamel walls in the long run because fluoride also blocks new mineral absorption. Meetinghouse Dental Care prefers to address the foundation of oral health (salivary pH balance), along with multiple other factors, when remineralizing teeth.
Historically, dentists have promoted fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel damaged by acids. Acidic erosion is, however, an outdated theory. The truth is more complex. Current research indicates decay prevention actually involves multiple issues such as excess dietary sugar and phytic acid, insufficient mineral intake, imbalanced salivary pH, deficiency of fat-soluble vitamins, and an incorrect internal dentition flow.
Decay is not caused by a fluoride deficiency.
How Fluoride Works
Topicallyapplied fluoride in toothpastes or in professional fluoride varnishes/gels binds to calcium in the saliva, displacing the phosphate mineral normally found in a healthy enamel wall (hydroxyappetite), and forms a new structure on the outsideof the teeth (fluoroappetite). The fluoride shell creates a temporary, acid-resistant barrier to “protect” the teeth. While the fluoride shell may sound beneficial, it is like putting a false fingernail overtop of a damaged nail instead of addressing the actual problem. Fluoride does not heal or remineralize enamel. On the contrary, the fluoride force field prevents absorption of minerals, making enamel weaker and more susceptible to decay in the long run.
Fluoride (Topical vs Systemic)
Topically applied fluoride will decrease sensitivity from hot and cold. It will also poison invading oral bacteria (beneficial bacteria as well as decay-causing bacteria) for 30 minutes after application, temporarily stopping harmful acid production. The effect is severely limited though; after 30 minutes, new bacteria of all types repopulate the oral environment.
Systemic fluoride after ingesting (either by accident from toothpastes and professional tray applications, on purpose through prescribed drops and tablets, or without consent through treated public drinking water and processed drinks and foods) does not protect tooth enamel in any way.
Despite claims to the contrary, no study has ever proven that ingesting fluoride has a beneficial effect on teeth.
Ingested Fluoride is a Poison
Labeling on every toothpaste tube cautions against swallowing.
Every fluoridated brand advises you to call poison control if toothpaste is ingested.
Can your children brush without swallowing? Can you? What about fluoride tray treatment in a dental office? Can they avoid swallowing in the dental chair? Even if your hygienist is diligent with the suction straw, research shows that the small fluoride molecule is absorbed readily into gums, oral tissues, and under the tongue (one of the most sensitive areas for nutrient absorption and uptake into the bloodstream) during tray application.
Fluoride pills are prescribed both preventively and to those with high incidences of decay. Fluoride is also added to our drinking water and our foods/beverages without our consent, purportedly to protect against cavities. Despite claims to the contrary, NO study has ever proven ingesting fluoride has a beneficial effect on teeth.
If a tiny amount in toothpaste cannot be swallowed without calling poison control, why is it safe to take a fluoride tablet, to drink fluoridated water and beverages, or to consume fluoride in processed food?
How can regulatory agencies possibly know how much water, beverages, and processed food we ingest each day and, consequently, what dosage of fluoride we each actually consume?
(Watch Fluoride Gate on You-Tube, or visit www.FluorideAlert.com.)
Fluoride is NOT a nutrient. Rather, fluoride is the strongest electro-negative element in the periodic table. Its propensity to disrupt hydrogen bonds means that ingested fluoride breaks up DNA in the body and inhibits the DNA repair enzyme. It disrupts endocrine function and displaces iodine, adversely affecting thyroid function. Fluoride is a potent neurotoxin, crossing blood brain barrier and calcifying the pineal gland.
The FDA classifies fluoride with lead and mercury as a xenobiotic (foreign chemical substance).
Fluoride has NEVER been approved by the FDA.
In 1975 the FDA actually rejected an application for fluoride vitamins (still prescribed by dentists today) and directed the manufacturing company to stop selling the tablets because “there is no substantial evidence of drug effectiveness as prescribed, recommended, or suggested in its labeling.”
FACT: Fluoride is a toxic waste product of the aluminum, tin, and fertilizer industries.
FACT: Fluoride is effective “post eruptive and topical” – American Dental Association
FACT: There is no mechanism in the body to direct systemic fluoride back to the teeth.
FACT: Fluoride is added to our water in hopes that “salivary levels are raised to .04mg/L”.
FACT: Fluoride is the only medication administered to the public without our consent.
FACT: Fluoride is >80% absorbed into the blood and then stored in bones and organs (thyroid).
FACT: Fluoride is the primary ingredient in rat and cockroach poisons.
FACT: Fluoride is the active ingredient in both Prozac and Sarin Nerve Gas.
FACT: Fluoride is in Rohypnol (the date rape drug).
FACT: Both Hitler and Stalin used fluoride to sterilize inmates and make them more docile.
All Natural Hygiene Prophy Paste
Hygienists at Meetinghosue Dental Care use a few brands of great tasting, all natural, fluoride-free prophy pastes for your cleanings! All natural ingredients, herbs, and essential oils include:
Bentonite clay, calcium carbonate, sea salt, pumice, organic mustard seed powder, organic essential oils of mentha piperita (peppermint), organic eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus), organic eugenia caryophyllata (clove bud), organic origanum vulgare (oregano), organic mentha spicata (spearmint), colloidal silver water, and alkalizer ionic minerals.
Fluoride vs Minerals
Put simply, fluoride creates a new barrier (fluoroapetitie) on the outside of the tooth enamel where as minerals (calcium and phosphate) reform / remineralize the actual enamel wall (hydroxyapatite).
As a holistic dental practice, Meetinghouse Dental care emphasizes that a healthy, mineral-rich diet and proper trace mineral supplementation is foundational to pH balance and the health of gums, tissues, and teeth. Sufficient levels of vitamin D3 and K2 are also critical. The saliva cannot perform its task of remineralizing teeth in the overly acidic pH induced by high sugar intake and/or by the high galvanic environment in which biofilm flourishes. Remember: the body needs minerals to function. If the diet is mineral-deficient, the body will draw minerals from the easily accessible source of teeth – even in the presence of a topically-applied fluoride shell. See our Dental Nutrition page for more information and set up an appointment with our on staff nutritionist to discuss a customized approach to diet, supplements, and home care techniques to stabilize your oral environment and prevent future decay.
Fluoride Free Remineralization
Our office is fluoride-free and offers MI Paste for a topical mineral treatment.
Fluoride-free MI Paste is $37. If appropriate, we apply it to your teeth while you are in the hygiene chair, and we give you the tube to take home for regular, quick, at-home remineralization therapy that protects your teeth until we see you for your next visit! There is no ADA code for the procedure, so MI Paste is not currently covered by dental insurance, even for children. MI Paste remineralizes and strengthens teeth, supporting bacteria-resistant enamel in a balanced oral pH. A balanced oral pH inhibits growth of bacteria that contribute to tooth decay and periodontal disease. Furthermore, when the oral pH is balanced, saliva is able to perform one of its basic jobs, which is to remineralize teeth.
NOTE: MI Paste is contraindicated for anyone with a true milk protein (casein) allergy.
• Because it remineralizes, MI Paste can reverse incipient decay.
• For individuals with braces, using MI paste every day helps avoid decay and demineralization (white spots) under and around brackets.
• MI Paste’s topical coating provides relief from tooth sensitivity from gingival recession and tooth erosion.
• MI Paste mitigates tooth sensitivity during whitening procedures and restores enamel gloss.
• MI Paste relieves dry mouth caused by certain medications.
• MI Paste has a half life of 3 hours. This means 3 hours after application, it is still functioning at 50%, and 3 hours after that it is functioning at 50% of 50%, and so on.
• MI Paste balances acidity in the mouth while it is functioning. It does not, however, over-alkalinize. The neutralization action of MI Paste is triggered by acidity and stops when oral pH is balanced. Excess acidity contributes to decay, plaque, and toxic biofilm build-up in your mouth, and these adverse oral conditions affect the health of your entire body. MI Paste can even reduce high oral acid levels that result from excessive soft drink, white flour and sugar, transfats, and/or excessive red meat consumption. MI Paste buffers acids produced by bacteria and plaque as well.
Home Instructions MI Paste
Apply at night after you brush, last thing before going to bed. Apply pea-size amount with tip of finger to outer surfaces of teeth; spread over inner surfaces of teeth with finger or tongue. Keep in mouth about 3 minutes. Don’t swallow. Spit.