For decades now it has been ingrained within the collective mindset that fluoride is a necessary component for healthy teeth. It therefore goes without surprise that for many of us a toothpaste, or water, without fluoride, is like some horrible disservice to our health. But as the famous question goes, what if everything you knew about something was wrong?
What is Fluoride?
Chemically fluorine is the 9th element in the periodic table, and in the same family as chlorine, bromine and iodine.
The Dangers of Fluoride
While a lot of people think that fluoride prevents tooth decay, most of us don’t realize that fluoride can actually cause a type of tooth decay called dental fluorosis – most commonly observed in children.
Harmful effects of fluoride have also been linked to osteoporosis, thyroid problems, endocrine problems and cancers, just to name a few. There are many studies that support these probable links available out there. We can dedicate several articles alone to how the presence of fluoride in our lives contributes to each of these.
For me personally, I switched over to an all natural toothpaste back in the spring of 2008. I avoided commercial toothpastes, mainly due to their inclusion of SLS, and then also learned about the dangers of fluoride a little later.
There is a big range of Fluoride Free toothpastes in our Local Stores and Pharmacies in UAE.