Last week I discussed the detriments of ingesting fluoride (click here to read that tip). Today is about how to minimize your exposure.
Children are particularly susceptible to a condition called Fluorosis. This concern is primarily because their higher metabolisms have them consume more fluoridated water and juices AND they often swallow fluoridated toothpaste. Fluorosis is a condition caused by excessive ingested fluoride compounds disturbing teeth enamel and creating white spots on teeth. Many companies recognize the concern with fluoride, therefore provide toothpastes and tooth powders without fluoride. Some companies sell toothpastes with and without fluoride, so labels must always be checked. Another option is a combination of hydrogen peroxide, which kills bacteria in the mouth on the gums, baking soda as a gentle cleanser and/ or the use of sea salt for extra scrubbing capability.
Fluoridated water is the more difficult source to eliminate. Carbon filters, found in the Brita or Pur, can remove chlorine, but do not remove fluoride. Using distillation and reverse osmosis filters do remove fluoride, however they remove all minerals, therefore these necessary minerals must be replaced. Ceramic filters remove fluoride but Ultraviolet does not. There are many filtration systems that have a combination of filters in their devices, which is the best overall method of providing healthy, clean water. There is a several hundred dollar initial investment necessary for adequate fluoride removal, but these will last many, many years with only periodic, low cost filter replacement. Another source of fluoride is store-bought juice which is often made with fluoridated water.
Since there is no difference in the frequency of tooth decay between countries with and without fluoridated water, I strongly suggest reducing fluoride ingestion for you and your family.