Have You Had Your Daily Dose of Poison Today?

Would you be surprised to know most traditional dentists and the ADA recommend you daily ingest a common neurotoxin, and that some cities are even putting it into your drinking water?

What is it? — Fluoride.

Most toothpastes, fluoride treatments, mouthwash, even teeth whitening products contain fluoride, but there are serious health risks that come with using and ingesting fluoride. It is a poison and toxic to the human body. It acts as a neurotoxin. Fluoride can damage fertility, destroy bones and cause early puberty in children. Research from a leading toxicologist at Harvard which shows an association between an exposure to fluoride and lowered IQ; additional research shows fluoride is an endocrine disruptor that can affect your bones, brain, thyroid gland, pineal gland, and even your blood sugar levels. It is a cumulative poison, meaning it accumulates in your body. Research has linked ingested fluoride to cancer and various bone problems, while other research has shown no benefit to the teeth from ingested fluoride. Too much fluoride can cause fluorosis (staining on the teeth) and fluoridating public water supplies is poisoning the general public.

The FDA insists that warnings be placed on toothpaste tubes not to swallow the toothpaste, and even warnings to just use a “pea” size amount to brush your teeth. But toothpaste is made with enticing flavors, mint or cinnamon for adults, bubble gum or fruit-flavored for kids. How many people eat just a dab of toothpaste for fresh breath?  How many kids eat the fruit flavored toothpaste because it tastes good? How many people just use a pea size amount of toothpaste on their toothbrush – or do they cover the entire amount of the brush? Parents are even advised to give a baby fluoride drops before the child even has any teeth, where fluoride can be directly absorbed into soft tissues of mouth.

Cities are putting fluoride in the city’s water system for people to drink, claiming that it will help prevent cavities, however the ADA has said that fluoridated water (water with fluoride added) should not be mixed into concentrated formula or foods intended for babies age one and younger to prevent tooth damage. However, this message is not widely spread, and even if it were, it ignores the entire demographic of families who cannot afford bottled water to mix formula for their baby and must use tap water. Even bottled water must be researched carefully to make sure it doesn’t contain fluoride as well.

Water fluoridation has been banned in many countries including: China, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Japan. Nearly all of Europe’s water supply is fluoride-free. There is a group by the name of Fluoride Action Network that has a resolution: Calling for an End to Water Fluoridation, which has signed by 600 professionals from 39 different countries including 50 professionals from Canada and 10 from Alberta asking governmental agencies to stop polluting the waters with fluoride.

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission or other compensation if you click through and make a purchase.

However, you can do your part by not drinking fluoridated water and by using products, including dental products that do not contain fluoride. I recommend toothpastes and mouthwashes without fluoride. Some of the toothpastes my family and I use, and that I sell out of my office are:

Additional resources:

The Case Against Fluoride, by Paul Connett,‎ James Beck, and‎ H. Spedding Micklem ***

The Fluoride Deception, by Christopher Byson***

http://fluoridealert.org/ ****

https://fluoride.mercola.com/ ****

*My wife’s favorite, and if you click on the link you can purchase it through her webpage, for which she receives compensation.

** Sold out of my office, but can also be purchased through Amazon. Please refer to subsequent disclosure.

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The Dangers of Periodontal Disease

Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? Do you catch yourself needing  a mint throughout the day? These things are common, but not are big signs of a problem lurking in your mouth. Most people recognize the importance of taking care of their teeth, however taking care of your gums – the actual tissue holding your teeth into place – is also important. When infection settles into the gums, we call that periodontal disease, and it is extremely common. According to the American Dental Association, 75% of adult patients have some form of periodontal (or gum) disease. That  doesn’t mean that it is no big deal. There are some major health issues that may arise from periodontal disease, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Obesity
  • Pneumonia and other respiratory diseases
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Difficulties during pregnancy, early term births, and low birth weights
  • And many others!

Recent studies suggest that pregnant women with gum disease are seven times more likely to deliver preterm, low birth weight babies. New research finds that men with gum disease have a higher risk of certain cancers: men which gum disease are 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers. For this reason, periodontal disease can be the first warning sign of the body being out of balance leading to more serious problems.

There are also additional factors that may lead to a higher risk of gum disease.  These include smoking or chewing tobacco, puberty and menopause in women, pregnancy, stress or depression, clenching or grinding your teeth, diabetes, osteoporosis, poor nutrition and diet, obesity, even some medications.  

Some of the warning signs you should look for:

  1. Do your gums bleed easily?
  2. Are your gums red, swollen, or tender?
  3. Have your gums pulled away from your teeth?
  4. Do you have severe bad breath and bad breath that just won’t go away?
  5. Do you have a constant bad taste in your mouth?
  6. Do you have teeth that are loose or separating?
  7. Has there been any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down?
  8. Have you had any change in the fit of your dentures?

If you said yes to any of these questions, it’s time to visit your dentist!

Good Oral Health is the “Gateway” to Overall Good Health

If your mouth is healthy, there is a high probability your overall health is good, too. On the other hand, if you have poor dental health, it may be an indication of other health problems, such as the following:

  • Bad breath and bleeding gums can be an indication of diabetes;
  • Dental x-rays may show the first stages of bone loss, arthritis, and/or osteoporosis;
  • Open lesions or other signs of oral and dental infections can be an indication of heart disease or HIV.

Research shows that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations such as swollen gums, dry mouth, swollen gums or other gum problems. These diseases include some of the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Oral cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease

However, the reverse is true as well; hidden issues in your mouth can cause health problems in the rest of your body as well.  Dental problems can contribute to overall health issues in many ways:

  • Infections in the gums and/or jawbone: toxins can leak out from these infections and may affect your immune system, leading to disease.
  • The relationship between specific teeth and illness: when a tooth becomes infected or diseased, the organ on the same acupuncture meridian can also become unhealthy.
  • Root canals can be a source of disease. Root canals are dead organs left in your mouth.  Toxins can seep out of the root canal teeth and can cause systemic diseases of the heart, kidney, uterus, and the nervous and endocrine systems.
  • Toxicity of dental materials used: dental materials can release mercury, tin, copper, silver, nickel and zinc into the body, which can then migrate from the tooth into the bones, connective tissues and nerves. From there, they can travel to the central nervous system, where they can permanently disrupt the body’s normal functions.
  • Galvanic charges from the metals in your mouth: saliva in the mouth acts as a conduit in which dissimilar metals can create electric charges within your mouth.
  • Bio-compatibility to dental materials: in the same way some people have adverse reactions to drugs or allergies to foods or other substances, some people react negatively to specific dental materials which can lead to severe allergic reactions and can contribute to a multitude of chronic health problems.
  • TMJ and other alignment problems: TMJ dysfunction may cause misalignment of your teeth, jaws and muscles in your face which can affect your neck, spine, hips and other joints in your body. Similarly, your tongue can simply lie in the wrong position causing a multitude of health issues.  These dysfunctions can be caused by trauma to the body, such as a sports injury or car accident, or they can be caused by dental restorations that do not adequately support a person’s bite.

Traditional dentistry has often taken the approach that the teeth are separate from a person’s overall health, and in fact, people often procrastinate going to the dentist because they feel other health issues may be more pressing. The truth is that your dentist should be a part of your overall health care team. Good dental health and overall health go hand in hand.  Some key prevention measures include:

  • Give your body the proper nutrition it needs to stay healthy and actively protect against oral and overall health problems;
  • Just say no to putting toxins in your body, including sugar, tobacco smoke, fluoride, and mercury and other toxic materials;
  • Maintain proper dental and oral care by brushing, flossing, and caring for your teeth and gums, including regular visits to your dentist.

I encourage you to inform yourself and start looking at dental care as part of an overall health program. I want you to be actively involved in the care you receive and you should demand proper care and treatment. In subsequent posts, I will explain key dental treatments, including the use of non-toxic restorative materials, looking for and removing sources of dental toxins and hidden dental infections, and preventative measures you can take as part of your overall health care routine.

About Me

As one of the top holistic dentists in the country, as well as a Doctor of Integrative Medicine, I have traveled extensively, sharing my knowledge on the many complex dental health cases that involve not just the mouth, but also the whole body. My focus is on restoring patients’ overall health and well-being through many holistic techniques (including avoiding root canals, eliminating heavy metals, using biocompatible dental materials, and much more). I’m also experienced in performing oral surgery using a holistic approach and I am a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

In addition to being extremely dedicated to holistic dentistry, I am also involved in the industry as a whole. I have served as:

  • Past President of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine
  • Assistant Professor Emeritus of Capital University
  • Accredited Member of the International Academy of Oral Medical Toxicology
  • Named in Tom McGuire’s book about AHIMA: Learn How the Top 20 Alternative Doctors in American Can Improve Your Health
  • Member of the Holistic Dental Association
  • Professional Member of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation
  • Pioneer in the Cause to Ban Mercury in Dentistry with Consumers for Dental Choice
  • Founding member of the Institute of Natural Dentistry

I graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio Dental School in 1983. In my continued quest to enhance the dental services I provide, I graduated from the Capital University of Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC in 2002 with a Doctorate in Integrative Medicine, where I received the President’s Research Award for my research into the use of ultrasound technology to detect cavitational lesions within the jawbone. I remain committed to giving my patients the most up-to-date, comprehensive dental treatment available, and to giving my readers the same knowledge and resources to pursue fulfilling, healthy lives.