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 if there is a whole other story to fluoride that is only recently being told in its fullest sense? In this essay we will examine that story and why more people today are saying “no thank you” to the presence of fluoride in their toothpaste, and water.
What Is Fluoride?
Chemically fluorine is the 9th element in the periodic table, and in the same family as chlorine, bromine and iodine.
This chemical family of elements is called the halogens. They are non-metallic and salt forming. Halogens are highly reactive, and as such can be harmful or lethal to biological organisms in sufficient quantities. Fluoride is one of the most reactive elements in existence, and is a corrosive and highly toxic gas. The toxicity of chlorine is also widely known, and controversial in itself as an additive to water.
Fluoride is formed when fluorine gains one extra negative charge, called an electron. In common toothpastes and some city water supplies, fluoride exists paired with sodium, as sodium fluoride.
The Dangers of Fluoride at Dental Practice.
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.
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