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When our son was a baby I read all the popular parenting books and magazines, and I listened to whatever his doctor said would benefit his health. When I read that babies need extra Fluoride so they’d have nice strong teeth, I made myself a note to ask his doctor about it at his next well-baby check. (Where I also dutifully had him get all the shots the doctor recommended.) Sure enough, I was told to get some infant Fluoride drops that I could put right into his bottle, which I did every day as directed. We were drinking Fluoridated water, too, of course.
Fast forward a few years
When I learned more about the power of real food, I learned to question everything. I started wondering about those white spots on his teeth. Then I read articles like this one from a dentist:
There is also a known condition called fluorosis, which occurs when a child gets too much fluoride when teeth are developing. Well, if there is fluoride in the water, wouldn't you come to the conclusion that this could contribute to “too much fluoride?” I would. Even more disturbing, there was a study done in China on children with fluorosis, and the findings were that children with the affliction had, in overall terms, lower IQ scores. These findings were echoed in an American study that came to the same findings using animals: The study concluded that fluoride would accumulate in specific areas of the brain, which then affected the ability to learn. This does not constitute irrefutable proof, but it does make one think.” (Read the rest of Mouth Health: Fluoridated Water, Good or Bad?)
Thankfully the white spots on his teeth are not too noticeable, but you can see them for sure. And it’s not just that, he also used to really struggle in school, and with reading especially, so it does make you think. (Although it also could have been the junk I fed him too often: fast food, sugarbomb cereals, etc.)
On one hand I want to cry, knowing that me, his Mom caused this because I blindly followed whatever “they” said we should do. On the other hand I want to go find that doctor and throttle him for blindly believing whatever he must have read somewhere along the line.
He hasn’t drank Fluoridated water or used Fluoride toothpaste in years. (More on the toothpaste we use is in this Fluoride post, although I’m trying to find a good recipe for homemade toothpaste right now since it’s so expensive…) He eats a lot of healthy animal fats, pastured meats, mostly soaked or fermented bread, and he takes cod liver oil. He does still have one or two soda pops a month at friends’ or a restaurant, and other junk now and then that he tries to get his hands on, but overall a better diet than most teens.
I’m hopeful that he’ll continue to eat fairly well even through college, and that beyond the gazillion health benefits of doing so, that it might eventually take care of the white spots on his teeth, too.
- What is dental fluorosis?
- Scroll down at this Fluoride post to find out more:
- A listing of the amounts of naturally occurring Fluoride found in various foods
- Drinking water and Fluoride safety
- Questions on the safety of mixing baby formula with Fluoridated water
- What really causes tooth decay?
- An interesting post on tooth enamel regeneration