The Shocking Truth About Fluoride

Updated on August 12, 2018
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Fluoride in toothpaste isn't all that good for your teeth.
Fluoride in toothpaste isn't all that good for your teeth. | Source

Why I'm Passionate About This Topic

I'm a dental hygienist (RDH, BS-DH, RF.) In school, it seemed I was always reading way deeper into topics than both my fellow students and my teachers. Instead of going out, I'd stay home and read 30 research articles on whatever dental topic I was curious about at the time. It was just a matter of time before I delved into fluoride.

What I found wading around in all the fluoride literature of the past couple hundred years was that everything I was being taught in school was wrong. It was not backed up by science. To my horror, what I found instead was that everything was quite the opposite of what they were teaching me. What they were teaching me had no foundation in science at all.

This piqued my interest, to say the least. Why would they obscure the truth? Why would they do it so deliberately? In my free time, I have looked into this topic thoroughly. Hopefully my research will help you learn more about this common chemical.

A helicopter dumping fluoride onto crops as a pesticide / insecticide / funcigide
A helicopter dumping fluoride onto crops as a pesticide / insecticide / funcigide

A Short History of Fluoride Use

Although the most commonly known use of fluoride today is in dentistry, this is a relatively new use. Historically, fluoride has been used industrially for hundreds of years.

Fluoride is commonly used in:

  • Chemical & biological weapons
  • Drugs like Cipro & Prozac
  • Fluorocarbon refrigerant gases
  • Nuclear reactors & nuclear weapons
  • Pesticides, insecticides, & fungicides
  • Smelting aluminum, steel, & beryllium
  • Uranium enrichment

It wasn't until the late 1800s that scientists began catching on to the dangers of fluoride. The vast majority of factory workers were being killed by exposure to fluoride, and factory owners wanted an answer. Well, they didn't want the actual answer (fluoride is a neurotoxin.) What they wanted was an answer to their dilemma. How could they continue production while using a toxic substance that was killing all their workers?

The answer, it turns out, was simple. Push fluoride as a health aid instead! Studies promoting a link between fluoride and good dental health surfaced. The only problem is that all the research was funded by the very corporations that used fluoride the most!

It's a toxic waste product of many types of industry; for instance, glass production, phosphate fertilizer production, and many others. They would have no way to dispose of the tons of fluoride waste they produce unless they could find some use for it, so they made up this story about it being good for dental health. Then they can pass it through everyone's bodies and into the sewer. It is a well coordinated effort, to keep it from being declared for what it is--toxic waste.

— Dr. John R. Lee, MD, chairman of the Environmental Health Committee, Marin County
Dental fluorosis: 60% of the population has weakened enamel from excess exposure to fluoride during enamel formation (dental fluorosis.)
Dental fluorosis: 60% of the population has weakened enamel from excess exposure to fluoride during enamel formation (dental fluorosis.)

Is Fluoride Good for Your Teeth?

There is no consistent, unbiased evidence that fluoride is good for any aspect of human health. To the contrary, there is overwhelming evidence that shows fluoride is toxic to man, beast, and the environment.

But isn't fluoride good for your teeth? I'm sorry to tell you that this, too, is a lie. There are thousands of research articles on fluoride. The only studies that have found fluoride use to be beneficial to teeth are those funded by corporations invested in the use of fluoride. When those studies are tossed out, everything else points to the fact that it's pure poison.

I was horrified to find out that my entire profession is based on falsehoods and outright lies. Experts on the subject of fluoride warn strenuously against its use in the human body.

The once general assumption that fluorine is necessary to the quality of the enamel rests upon an insufficient foundation. Our present knowledge most decidedly indicates that fluorine is not necessary to the quality of that tissue, but that on the contrary the enamel organ is electively sensitive to the deleterious effects of fluorine.

— Kaj Roholm (Fluorine Intoxication: A Clinical-Hygienic Study, 1937)

Over 80 years ago Kaj Roholm, the world's leading fluoride scientist, rejected the idea that fluoride was at all beneficial to the teeth. He agreed with earlier studies that found fluoride weakens the enamel, and he explicitly warned against giving fluoride to kids.

Thin, fragile, weakened enamel is a common side effect of chronic fluoride use during childhood, when the teeth and enamel are still developing. It's so prevalent that 60% of the population suffers from weakened enamel (fluorosis.) Dental fluorosis indicates fluoride poisoning, just like a blue line on the gum tissues indicates lead poisoning.

Fluoridation of Drinking Water

Although fluoride naturally exists in soil and water in low concentrations, the three types of fluoride added to toothpastes and mouthwashes—sodium fluoride, stannous fluoride, and acidulated phosphate fluoride—are manufactured in chemical plants. None of them are "natural."

"Some dentists are unaware that much of the fluoride added to drinking water today in the United States is actually an industrial waste, 'scrubbed' from the smokestacks of Florida phosphate fertilizer mills to prevent it from damaging livestock and crops in the surrounding countryside. In a sweetheart deal these phosphate companies are spared the expense of disposing of this 'fluorosilicic acid' in a toxic waste dump. Instead, the acid is sold to municipalities, shipped in rubber-lined tanker trucks to reservoirs across North America and injected into drinking water for the reduction of cavities in children. (So toxic are the contents of the fluoride trucks that in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, authorities were alerted to keep a watchful eye on road shipments of the children's tooth decay reducer.)"

– Chris Bryson, The Fluoride Deception

WHO data showing tooth decay trends in children, with and without water fluoridation.
WHO data showing tooth decay trends in children, with and without water fluoridation.

Does Fluoridation Prevent Tooth Decay?

The chart above shows countries that fluoridated compared with countries that didn't. The decline of their cavity rates is similar, with or without fluoride. This means that fluoride added to the water supply is unnecessary. And as we'll see again, its addition to the human body is nothing short of criminal.

Tooth decay rates have definitely decreased since the mid-1940s, when water fluoridation first began in the US (in 1945 in Grand Rapids, MI.) The pro-fluoride groups, of course, claim this is due to water fluoridation. I think by now you're seeing a pattern here, though.

In truth, tooth decay rates were already decreasing due to factors unrelated to fluoride introduction—or, perhaps, in spite of it. It just so happened that fluoridation was occurring at the same time as other factors that were actually decreasing tooth decay—factors like increased access to professional dental care, vastly improved dental care practices amongst the population (due to better dental education), improved nutrition, and—of course—the mainstream use of antibiotics.

In regard to the use of fluorosilicic acid as a source of fluoride for fluoridation, this agency regards such use as an ideal environmental solution to a long-standing problem. By recovering byproduct fluorosilicic acid from fertilizer manufacturing, water and air pollution are minimized.

— Rebecca Hanmer, Fmr Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Dean Burk on Water Fluoridation

This amounts to public murder on a grand scale. It is a public crime--it would be--to put fluoride in the drinking water of people.

— Dean Burk, PhD, Chief Emeritus, National Cancer Institute (head of the NCI's cytochemistry section)

Is Fluoride Toxic?

Have you ever read the warnings on your toothpaste? I haven't used toothpaste containing fluoride for over 15 years, but I still remember them. They tell you not to swallow the toothpaste, and if you do, to call a poison control center "right away."

I know that dental professionals usually gloss right over this, but I sure don't. That warning is there because fluoride is an infamous and highly-documented killer. All quality research of the past couple hundred years is unanimous.

Unfortunately, in school, we were taught to accept and not to question. But I sure questioned things when I discovered the following:

"Neurotoxin" is not fluoride's only scientific classification. Countless articles in the vast scientific literature pin fluoride with these other classifications as well.

Scientific Fluoride Classifications

  • Carcinogen: capable of causing cancer in living tissue
  • Clastogen: mutagenic agent inducing disruption or breakage of chromosomes
  • Cytotoxin: substance toxic to cells
  • Genotoxin: chemical agent that damages the genetic information within a cell
  • Low-Dose Endocrine Disruptor: endocrine system (hormone) disruption at low doses
  • Mitogen: substance that induces or stimulates mitosis (cell division)
  • Mutagen: chemical substance that causes genetic mutation
  • Neurotoxin: toxin that is poisonous or destructive to nerve tissue
  • Poison: substance capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism

Because of fluoride's ability to bind easily with calcium, around half of ingested fluoride is stored in the bones. In cases of chronic fluoride exposure, this contributes to the development of skeletal fluorosis and low IQ.
Because of fluoride's ability to bind easily with calcium, around half of ingested fluoride is stored in the bones. In cases of chronic fluoride exposure, this contributes to the development of skeletal fluorosis and low IQ. | Source

From 30,000-50,000 deaths/year are directly traceable to fluoridation [in the US]; 10,000-20,000 of these deaths are from fluoride-induced cancers. Fluoride makes your body absorb extra aluminum. And where does the aluminum go? Your brain. And what metal shows up alarmingly in the brains of Alzheimer's victims? You guessed it.

— Dr. John Yiamouyiannis, Ph.D. (Biochemistry)

List of the Toxic Side Effects of Fluoride

  • Alzheimer's & dementia
  • Arthritis
  • Atherosclerosis & cardiovascular disease
  • CNS degradation
  • Cancer & tumors
  • Dental fluorosis
  • Depression
  • Down syndrome
  • Endocrine system interference
  • Genetic disorders & cell death
  • Hyperactivity & ADHD
  • Hypothyroid & thyroid malfunction & goiter
  • Impaired brain function
  • Infertility & damaged sperm
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver damage
  • Low IQ & mental retardation
  • Neuro-developmental disabilities, autism, and dyslexia
  • Osteoporosis, bone fractures, and hip fractures
  • Pineal gland calcification
  • Precocious puberty
  • Premature aging & collagen destruction
  • Skeletal fluorosis

Dean Burk, Ph.D., Chief Emeritus, U.S. National Cancer Institute (former head of the NCI's cytochemistry section)
Dean Burk, Ph.D., Chief Emeritus, U.S. National Cancer Institute (former head of the NCI's cytochemistry section) | Source

Alternatives to Fluoride

Xylitol is 5-6 Times More Effective at Preventing Tooth Decay

The best and healthiest alternative to fluoride for teeth is xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally occurring, non-fermentable sugar found in birch trees. It also occurs naturally in the body. Not only does it not contribute to tooth decay, but it's safe for diabetics as well (GI 7.)

Xylitol has a similar sweetness to sugar but is non-cariogenic (doesn't contribute to tooth decay) and is anti-cariogenic (prevents tooth decay and promotes remineralization.) Xylitol has been shown to prevent and decrease cavity formation 5-6 times more effectively than topical fluoride (71% cavity reduction from xylitol compared to 14% from fluoride.) One study even found that up to five years after a single use of xylitol, its effects on oral bacteria prevent them from being able to attach to your teeth.

Tips to Reduce Your Exposure to Fluoride

  • Invest in a filtration system that can filter out fluoride. Fluoride has an extremely small particle size and requires filters that specifically target the fluoride ions.
  • Avoid processed foods and drinks that can absorb fluoride from equipment and water used in the manufacturing process.
  • Avoid Teflon-coated and non-stick pans (these contain fluoride.)
  • Avoid drugs that use fluoride compounds, such as Cipro, Levaquin, and Prozac.

The face-lift performed on fluoride more than seventy years ago has fooled a lot of people. Instead of images of crippled workers or a cancer patient, we see smiling children.

— Chris Bryson, The Fluoride Deception
Rubber lined fluoride tanker at a water treatment plant
Rubber lined fluoride tanker at a water treatment plant | Source

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        3 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        A well researched and informative article about flouridation. Most of the available toothpastes, do have it. But it’s a good news that some don’t have it.

        Thanks for sharing this valuable information and awareness.

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        Kate P 

        3 weeks ago from The North Woods, USA

        @Seabreezes1 - Thank you! Fluoridation causes misery in people with those conditions, and contributes to those conditions in the first place. I think we're at the beginning of this all changing. I'm hopeful..

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        Kate P 

        3 weeks ago from The North Woods, USA

        @Maurice Glaude - Well then, perhaps you could casually show them this article. Fluoride is well known to decrease IQ in children, and many other terrible things. Perhaps your family is unaware of the dangers. Hopefully they'll wake up.

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        Seabreezes1 

        3 weeks ago

        Good job!

        Fluoridation causes misery in millions with inflammatory, immune system, thyroid & kidney disease - whether they or their doctors know it or not.

        Also see http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/science-and-alter...

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        Maurice Glaude 

        3 weeks ago from Mobile, AL

        Wow, you really did do your research. I stopped using fluoride for a while but started back again because the family wouldn't switch. They buy what they see in commercials and what they see advertised on the boxes in stores.

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        Kate P 

        3 weeks ago from The North Woods, USA

        @Patricia Scott - Thank you so much for the feedback and kind note. It is crazy, but money talks in this world, unfortunately. I gave up a lucrative career and chose to expose it instead. It's sad that more dental health professionals don't question the status quo or what they've been "taught" by the corporations. Of course these same corporations control what dental students learn, so it's a very difficult situation. The best I can do is write articles, and write a lot of them.

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        Kate P 

        3 weeks ago from The North Woods, USA

        @Sanjay Sharma - Thanks for your comments! Actually there are many toothpaste options available that don't contain fluoride. One of the most widely available is Tom's of Maine brand, in most US stores. And there are many others online, like Epic brand and My Magic Mud brand. (Just check labels to make sure they say fluoride-free, as some of these companies also produce products with fluoride.)

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        Patricia Scott 

        3 weeks ago from sunny Florida

        It is appalling that it can be so widely used in toothpaste and put into drinking water. It is crazy to me that this should be allowed. thank you for sharing...it is an eye opener. Angels are headed your way this morning ps

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        Sanjay Sharma 

        3 weeks ago from Mandi (HP) India

        Thanks for sharing the information about the use or rather the abuse of fluoride. But all the brands of toothpaste contain fluoride. There is no alternative except to use a little toothpaste and to be careful not to swallow it.

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