For decades, fluoride has been presented as one of the most important ingredients in toothpaste, because according to common wisdom, it helps prevent cavities.
What promoters of using fluoride don’t tell you is where it comes from, how did it become an ingredient in toothpaste and how unnecessary it is to take care of your teeth.
So, where does fluoride come from?
Fluoride is an industrial waste that is forced into people’s bodies via drinking water and most commercially available toothpaste.
Because back at the beginning of the XX century, it was a profitable way of getting rid of a waste byproduct from the production of fertilizers. After producing fertilizers for many years, the industry had no more room to keep their waste, so they paid off a few “scientists” to make up a study in which it was concluded that fluoride was good to prevent cavities.
The thought behind using fluoride in drinking water was that it helped prevent cavities was made into a theory and then it hit the mainstream.
In the United States, large amounts of fluoride and other byproducts of the fertilizer industry were disposed of in the State of Florida. It was called the Phosphate State, because of its large phosphate deposits, which was used to produce synthetic fertilizers.
The extraction of phosphate and production of fertilizers produce two toxic byproduct chemicals called hydrogen fluoride and silicon tetrafluoride gases. Until the 70s, these two chemicals were pumped into the air, which caused massive toxicity to populations near and far.
Later, these gases were contained and made into a liquid compound. Inorganic fluoride is well known for having dire consequences for workers and anyone else who comes into contact with it.
Breathing inorganic fluoride causes severe lung damage and eventually death, among other consequences. Despite the fact that chemicals like inorganic fluoride contaminate the environment and causes disease in people, tons of it are transported to water reservoirs throughout the United States and most western countries to be fed into drinking water.
Scientific, corporate and government complicity into mass forced medication
According to the American Dental Association, the process of adding fluoride to drinking water is “the precise adjustment of the existing naturally occurring fluoride levels in drinking water to an optimal fluoride level … for the prevention of dental decay.”
That is not only an unscientific statement but also one of the biggest lies that the scientific community has converted into a scientific fact simply by repeating it over and over.
Adding fluoride to drinking water is presented as a healthy practice in communities all over the world. Community water fluoridation programs are launched and promoted by health agencies and local health stakeholders everywhere, because, dentists say, fluoride helps prevent cavities.
That is a lie. Fluoride causes dental fluorosis and when ingested, even in small amounts, over long periods of time, causes bone disease, among other health problems.
There are many ways to prevent and cure cavities, and it does not have to include using toxic chemicals in drinking water, the largest and longest mass forced medication program in the history of humanity.
As Frank Zelco explains in his article “Fluoride’s transformation from Industrial Waste to Public Health Miracle”, the kind of fluoride used in drinking water “is an untreated industrial waste product, one that contains trace elements of arsenic and lead.”
If the fertilizer industry did not produce fluoride as a result of their industrial activities, fluoridating water as a matter of public health would be extremely expensive and if this chemical wasn’t used in drinking water, the phosphate industry would have a difficult task in their hands to get rid of it. This is why the chemical is put into drinking water for free.
Undeniable science vs professional advice
Despite the fact that fluoride added to drinking water is a toxic chemical originated from the phosphate industry, dentists and other health professionals and associations push the use of fluoride laden toothpaste on the population, even for children.
Where does toothpaste stop when children learn to brush? Anyone who has witnessed the little skill they show can see that it ends up in their stomach.
There is no safe level for the ingestion of chemicals neither by children or adults, although dentists associations allege that small enough amounts of fluoride, for example, do not pose a threat to health. What they mean is that no one will die within hours, days or months as a result of ingesting fluoride, but health complications begin to appear after decades of use.
As explained before, the truth is that excessive intake of fluorides causes a problem that is known as fluorosis, and that develops especially during the period of dental development – from birth to 6 or 8 years.
When it is mild, small white spots appear on the enamel, while the teeth of individuals with acute dental fluorosis are spotted with spots or are punctured.
Since the sixties, with the “anti-fluoridation” movement that flourished first in the United States and then in Europe, the controversy has focused on the administration of fluoride systemically, in which fluoride is ingested and transported through the bloodstream.
But newspapers still tell you that there is no scientific proof that fluoride causes diseases when its use is continuous and for a long time.
Why do they lie?
Because as in many other health debates, the industry has what is called plausible deniability. Health complications that result from using fluoride contained in toothpaste and drinking water only appear many years later and are not easily related to this chemical that until then has been used for decades.
The same happened with smoking. Large tobacco producers always claimed that smoking did not cause cancer, and justified that a disease that appeared suddenly and killed almost immediately, could never be related to smoking. Then the world found out the truth.
“Concentrations below one thousand parts per million do not serve to prevent tooth decay. It is currently recommended that all toothpaste, intended for children or adults, contain between 1,100 and 1,200 ppm of fluoride,” say representatives of dentist associations.
It happens that for children under 6 years, the maximum tolerable amount, according to many studies, is approximately 1000 parts per million, exactly what dentists associations say is not enough to prevent tooth decay.
Despite the origin of fluoride and its proven toxicity, the World Health Organization and the European Academy of Pediatric Dentistry ensure that the administration of fluoride topically in the form of toothpaste or its ingestion in drinking water does not pose any risk to the health of the population and that its use prevents the appearance of cavities.
“The passage of fluoride into the bloodstream is minimal, its action is topical by joining the hydroxyapatite of the tooth, reinforcing the outermost layers of the tooth and reducing vulnerability to the aggressive agents that produce tooth decay,” they claim.
The best way to prevent dental problems is to brush with toothpaste with no fluoride after every meal or snack. That practice alone will prevent tooth decay and the appearance of cavities.