The subject of fluoride and dental health are now unfortunately ubiquitously associated with each other in the collective consciousness of the general public, especially as we humans have foolishly abandoned the core principles of our traditional ancestral diets in favor of a modern diet replete with sugar-laden pseudo foods. I’m pretty sure that cavemen never brushed their teeth, yet we can examine their skulls and marvel at the splendid dentition and structural beauty of their teeth and jaws. No dentists needed back then! In the first half of the last century, Weston A. Price, a dentist himself, conducted an epic decades-long investigation of indigenous peoples around the world to uncover how such folks living in abject poverty could sport such magnificent teeth and jaws consuming their traditional diets, people who did not own toothbrushes and had no access to fluoride (see picture at the bottom of this post).
Ironically, the same reports that hint that the alleged benefit from fluorides are due to ingestion are inconsistent with evolutionary biology, i.e. fluoride’s caries-preventive properties were initially attributed to changes in enamel during tooth development because of the link between fluoride and cosmetic changes in enamel and a belief that fluoride incorporated into enamel during tooth development would result in a more acid-resistant mineral. A recent CDC report acknowledges new studies which indicate that the effects are “topical” rather than “systemic.” Laboratory and epidemiological data also suggest that fluoride prevents dental caries predominately after eruption of the tooth into the mouth, reaffirming that its actions are indeed topical for both adults and children.
The obvious question is this: How can the CDC consider the addition of fluoride to public water supplies a public health success while admitting at the same time that fluoride’s benefits are not “systemic”? In other words, no benefits are obtained from drinking fluoride. The emerging truth, now becoming increasingly evident, is that fluoridation and the proclaimed benefit of fluoride as a means of preventing dental decay is perhaps the greatest “scientific” fraud ever perpetrated upon an unsuspecting populace, aside from perhaps the dietary fat/cholesterol heart health hypothesis that has killed millions of Americans since the 1980s.
Even worse, the relentless promotion of fluoride as a “dental benefit” is directly responsible for the neglect by public health authorities in properly assessing its toxicity when ingested by humans over a prolonged period, an issue that has become a major concern for many nations. As there is no substance as biochemically active in the human organism as fluoride, excessive total intake of fluoride compounds might well be contributing to many diseases currently afflicting mankind, particularly those involving thyroid dysfunction. In the United States, most citizens are kept entirely ignorant of any adverse effect that might occur from exposure to fluorides. Dental fluorosis, the first visible sign that fluoride poisoning has occurred, is declared a mere “cosmetic effect” by the dental profession, although the biochemical events which result in dental fluorosis are still unknown. The quantity and frequency of application of topical fluoride that is needed to prevent caries but avoid dental fluorosis is also unknown. Does this mean that we should all stop brushing our teeth with toothpaste containing fluoride, especially if we are consuming a Standard American Diet (SAD)? No. But I certainly wouldn’t drink tap water anywhere in America unless I was dying of thirst! Neither should you.