Historically, dentists have promoted fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel damaged by acids. (See our pH page for details on pH and oral health). Topically-applied fluoride (either in toothpastes or in gels applied during a professional dental cleaning) bonds to teeth and creates an acid-resistant barrier.
Ingested, however, fluoride is a potent neurotoxin.
In fact, labeling on toothpaste cautions against swallowing fluoride. Read the warning on your tube. Every brand advises you to call poison control if toothpaste is ingested.
Can your children brush without swallowing?
For that matter, can you avoid swallowing during a professional fluoride tray application in a dental office?
We want you to know there are alternatives. Your choice should be informed.
Another word about ingested fluoride. 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.)
And did you know that fluoride is NOT - and has NEVER been - approved by the FDA?
FACT: Fluoride is a toxic waste product of the aluminum and tin industries.
FACT: It is the only medication given to the public without the public's consent.
FACT: Fluoride is the primary ingredient in rat and cockroach poisons.
FACT: Fluoride is a basic ingredient in both Prozac and Sarin nerve gas.
FACT: Both Hitler and Stalin used fluoride to sterilize inmates and to make them more docile.
Dietary sugar causes oral acid production, which leads to loss of minerals from our teeth. Basically, our enamel, our tooth armor, gets tiny holes in it, making teeth more susceptible to decay.
Enamel is made of a mineral called hydroxyapatite, which is a crystalline form of calcium and phosphate. When teeth start to lose minerals, we can add calcium and phosphate (instead of coating them with fluoride) to support rebuilding enamel more naturally.
MI Paste (without FL2) - while not perfect - and it is not - is one of the most effective products on the market for remineralizing teeth with calcium and phosphate. MI Paste provides emergency repair of damaged enamel before incipiencies penetrate dentin and become full cavities. It is effective protection - a band aid - for kids and for adults with less than ideal home care and diets, to be used while these individuals work toward re-establishing oral home care and dietary stability. It works best in conjunction with non-fluoride toothpaste.
See www.UncleHarrys.com for other remineralizing options. (Please note: Uncle Harry's remineralization does not have the long half life of MI Paste. Ask us how to use it effectively.)
Understand that a healthy, mineral-rich diet and/or proper mineral supplementation is foundational. The body needs minerals to function. If the diet is deficient, the body will draw minerals from bones and teeth – even in the presence of a topically-applied fluoride shell.
See our nutritionist to learn how whole food and/or supplements can balance the oral environment and stop the formation of decay. With proper homecare and diet, saliva naturally remineralizes teeth, and the need for specific dental supplements is eliminated.
ALL NATURAL PROPHY PASTE
We invite you to ask for our great tasting, all natural, fluoride-free prophy paste from www.UncleHarrys.com at your next cleaning! All natural ingredients, herbs, and essential oils!
Ingredients: 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.
REMINERALIZATION vs Fluoride
Our office is fluoride-free.
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.
Written by Anthony Trovato, MSACN, LMT