I've heard about the danger of fluoride in our toothpastes for a long, long time but never bothered to give it much thought until recently. We get bombarded with so many health issues in our everyday products and food nowadays that it just seems with a blink of an eye, something else pops up. I do try to live an organic lifestyle. I narrow down what I buy for my family based on my rule of thumb: How Often I Use/Eat It? If I use a product daily, then I buy organic. I always read the ingredients label. Examples of stuff I buy organic are moisturizers, milk, eggs, soap bar, shampoo, certain fruits and vegetables.
Last month, my friend told me a story about how her teeth remineralized. Teeth remineralization is another topic I've heard about too but didn't care about. She told me her dentist urged her to get the cavities fixed because she had been putting it off for a year. She said within the year, she changed her diet to include hard cheese, milk, and xylitol gum. She got rid of her regular toothpaste and switched over to baking soda to brush her teeth. When the dentist x-rayed her teeth, he saw that the cavities were much smaller than a year ago. He told her instead of drilling her teeth to fill the cavities, he was going to monitor them. I also read about a woman who had a lateral crack on her tooth that went away in a year after she stopped using fluoridated toothpaste and brushed her teeth with baking soda. I further learned that fluoride and glycerin in our toothpaste prevent our teeth to naturally heal itself and remineralizing.
I don't use toothpaste anymore but I still drink boiled tap water. Since there is fluoride in my tap water, I can not completely avoid it. I can, however, choose a fluoride-free alternative to brush my teeth. I've gone to the simpler and natural way of brushing my teeth: baking soda. I will post about brushing with baking soda in my next post so stay stuned.