When you study nutrition you learn that quality foods are the building blocks of health. The variety of minerals and vitamins food gives us is what strengthens our bones and keeps us vibrant and healthy. So why do we need to pump fluoride in everything for our teeth?
Each time I went to a dermatologist they would ask “what kind of toothpaste to you use, does it have fluoride?”. My assumption was they thought I was not rinsing well enough and residue was staying around my mouth. I’d answer them and assure them I rinsed well and that was that. There was never any follow up on this trail.
At this point the eczema that is troubling me the most mentally is the eczema on my face. Specifically my chin and jawline. Being vain, it’s the most obvious and makeup only made it look scalier. So I did some quick internet research on eczema along chin and jawline. This is when I found out that sunscreens, make up with sunscreen, beauty products with parfume and fragrance, and fluoride can irritate facial eczema. I had already eliminated all of those items except fluoride.
So this idea just kept niggling at me “what kind of toothpaste do you use, does it have fluoride”? But doctors never pursued this line of thought so I was a little perplexed by it. However, I’m one that believes in listening to those niggling voices. So one day I grabbed a tube of toothpaste without fluoride and went on my merry way.
That night I used the toothpaste and didn’t really think much about it. The next morning I woke up to completely, and I mean COMPLETELY clear skin in my most troubled area. My chin and jaw line were completely clear. The change in toothpaste was so minor to me and such white noise that I honestly didn’t put two and two together. I remember marveling with Sam about how clear my skin suddenly was. I told him that I feel like I may have done something so small and minor that I’m missing what it was. That’s when the lightbulb went off and I remembered that I had changed my toothpaste.
Note: I am not saying fluoride causes eczema, I am saying it irritates it. The purpose of my journey is to eventually be healed and in the process I must remove irritants and anything that prevents healing.
I then went to the internet and started doing some research. I found loads of research from as far back as the 1950’s on fluoride and skin conditions. The research noted that it was a minority of people in their test cases that experienced these problems but nevertheless the evidence is there! The fluoride is absorbed into the mouth lining affecting the face the most.
(the above website was a starting point, I took their information and dug deeper and found this same study in more detail. I even read the entire study. I won’t overwhelm you with the links but have provided the starting point)
I went on to read that this is a pretty well know studies in the field of dermatology but not dentistry. I can confirm this, I have brought this up to 2 dentist and 2 hygienists and they look at my like I started speaking Pharsee. They have no idea what I’ talking about and each one said “I’ve never heard of anyone being allergic or having problems with fluoride.”
I think more people have trouble than are aware they have trouble.
Since then I have eliminated fluoride completely and I continue to go to the dentist and they continue to give me the “perfect teeth” report. So I ask again, why do we have fluoride forced on us?
Toothpaste Without Fluoride
Here are some I’ve found I like.
- Tom’s of Maine – found just about anywhere. Pretty close to your traditional toothpaste.
- Jason’s – also found just about anywhere. A little more natural than traditional.
- Redmond Clay Earthpaste – found at natural stores or online. I know people that like this but it’s not my favorite of the choices out there. Felt like I had to use a lot to get things going.
- Primal Life Organics Toothpowder – this takes a little getting used to, but I absolutely love it!!! It whitens great and really keeps my teeth and breath clean.