Say “Hello” to Toothpaste without Toxic Ingredients because when it comes to kids, we want to keep them as healthy as possible. And even when it comes to our ourselves, we want to maintain good health so we can live long, fruitful, and happy lives filled with little to no discomfort when it comes to dental care and our health. One way to do so is to ensure that what we put in our mouths does not impact us in a negative way.
We can do so through changing our everyday habits and what we use to care for ourselves. Our dental health care is one of those everyday habits that help us stay in good health. Keeping cavities at bay is an important way of caring for our dental health and to help prevent cavities, we use Fluoride laden toothpastes and drink fluoridated water.
But as we all know, too much of anything can prove detrimental. To avoid such an issue we need to set personal limits on what we are willing to expose ourselves to health wise.
So, What is the Problem with Fluoride?!
It can accumulate in the body and create various issues that can affect the brain, as well as, the body.
Fluoride is known to disrupt the endocrine system of the body and in respect to the brain, there are some evidence showing that it is possibly a neurotoxin.
Fluoride vs Fluorine
The elemental form of Fluoride is Fluorine. Fluorine and NOT Fluoride can be found in The Periodic Table.
Why the Confusion between Fluorine and Fluoride?
Fluoride is not quite the same as Fluorine. And part of the confusion probably stems from the name much like Chloride and Chlorine or Iodide and Iodine.
For those who are not into chemistry this may be quite confusing, especially when it comes to Fluoride versus Fluorine. But rest assure there is a difference between the two.
So what exactly is the difference between Fluorine and Fluoride?
Well, Fluorine is as mentioned before, an element found in the Periodic Table. It is a halogen (a salt maker) and under standard conditions is a toxic gas!
Fluoride, on the other hand is a negative ion (F-) of Fluorine (F). And any compound that has Fluoride (F-) is called a fluoride whether it is attached to a sodium molecule, as in sodium fluoride or a calcium molecule, as in calcium fluoride.
There is some miscommunication and confusion out there when it comes to fluoride by versus fluorine. So let’s clear the air a bit.
I have seen a few instances of these terms being used, interchangeably when they need not be used in that manner. I say this because Fluoride is the negative ionic form of Fluorine and even though they are related, they are definitely not the same, especially, in the world of chemistry.
If you were to come in contact with Fluorine, the experience would be quite life-changing as opposed to an experience with Fluoride. Under standard conditions, the element Fluorine exists as a pale yellow gas that is very, very toxic.
Fluoride, on the other hand is only toxic at extremely high quantities, so Fluoride can be toxic just as the elemental form, Fluorine from which it derives when used in abnormally large quantities.
However, this does not mean there can not be a cumulative effect when it comes to Fluoride exposure, as would be the case with daily brushing using a Fluoride toothpaste or even drinking water containing Fluoride.
Limiting your Exposure to Fluoride
It can prove a hard feat to get rid of Fluoride as it is present in water and toothpaste – two of the main vectors through which we come into contact with Fluoride on a daily basis.
But there are measures you can take, like investing in a quality water filter that is stated to filter out Fluoride backed by lab test results provided to you by the manufacturer showing that it is capable of filtering out Fluoride.
You can take added measures to ensure it does filter out Fluoride by sending samples of your filtered water for testing.
This does not mean that Fluoride can be avoided completely; however, with so many venues through which we are constantly bombarded with Fluoride, it is best to limit how much we expose our bodies to and at what frequency. If this means getting a water filter that filters out the fluoride in your water, then by all means, do so as soon as possible.
Yes, they can be quite pricey and elusive or hard to find. But don’t be deterred because this is possible.
And if you are completely skeptical as to the possibility of filtrating out fluoride (this is a process that can be quite difficult when it comes to overall effectiveness or results) from water, there are other options you can explore, such as, making use of a well water system and collecting rainwater and filtering it through your chosen means of filtration.
Concerning the Fluoride found in your toothpaste, you can always opt out of purchasing fluoridated toothpaste, especially when it comes to your little ones.
Brands like Hello have a line of non-fluoridated a.k.a fluoride free toothpastes and have several options of flavors when it comes to toothpaste that contain absolutely no Fluoride. Burt’s Bees is another brand that sells a Fluoride Free natural toothpaste.
You can also try using activated charcoal made into a paste with just a little bit of water as a substitute for toothpaste when it comes to brushing your teeth. Just be sure to designate a specific toothbrush to avoid staining your regular toothbrush.
Other ways to clean your teeth if you would like to avoid fluoridated toothpastes are as follows:
> herbal tooth powders
> baking soda
> coconut oil
> Fluoride-free toothpastes containing neem leaf extract
…and even Sea Salt.
So, there are various options out there for those who want to limit their exposure to Fluoride.
Summing It Up
Do keep in mind that Fluoride does have its benefits when it comes to dental health. Fluoride helps prevent Dental caries, otherwise known as cavities that could prove to be an issue in the long run if proper Dental Care is not being applied. However, that doesn’t mean that it should be used in excessive amounts. There are far better natural options out there that can help you maintain good dental health.