Posts Tagged "Fluoride"

The 30-day Natural White Teeth Challenge

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Family Health, Food | 5 comments

Monday, I posted How Fluoride gets an “F” and Why I Stopped Using it and thought it would be great to do The 30-day Natural White Teeth Challenge in September. It has 30-days! So here is your shopping list: 1. Buy a non-fluoride based floss and toothpaste like the one I use or you can try Earthpaste 2. Get yourself a nice motorized toothbrush. Whichever one fits your budget 3. Baking soda and hydrogen pyroxide 4. Buy fresh produce, raw nuts, coconut oil to cook with and flax oil to take daily And oh, don’t forget to take a picture of your smile before Saturday. 😀 Here is what we are getting rid of in our diets: 1. No refined sugars, no juices, no soda (sugar is a major factor in tooth decay) 2. Use a straw when drinking acidic drinks such as coffee or teas Morning Dental Routine (upon waking) 1. Dip toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide 2. Sprinkle (or dip) baking soda on your toothbrush 3. Add a dab (pea size) of your fluoride free toothpaste 4. Brush gently in circular motions for 2 minutes 5. Scrape your tongue clean 6. Rinse with luke warm water (some will say luke warm salt water, but hey, I am a mom too, so want to keep it simple!) 7. Wait 10 minutes before eating or drinking anything Despite popular belief, brushing teeth after you eat wears away the enamel, so it is best to brush first thing in the morning before you eat your breakfast. This also removes all the bacteria and plaque that has built up while you have slept, which you don’t want in your system anyways. Evening Dental Routine: 1. Floss and don’t forget to get those way back molars 2. Dip your toothbrush in baking soda 3. Add a pea size amount of toothpaste 4. Brush gently in circular motions for 2 minutes 5. Swish with equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide, usually 2 Tablespoons for 30-60 seconds (every other day) 6. Rinse with luke warm water. That is it. If you feel any burning sensation on your gums when swishing with hydrogen peroxide, then wait a few days and try again. The baking soda will taste a little off in your mouth, but once you begin brushing it will go away. I have been doing this a few days and love the clean feeling I am getting just by adding a little bit of baking soda. After 30-days take a picture to see the difference. If you have an upcoming event, some say to dip a Q-tip in hydrogen peroxide and wipe on each tooth after brushing. But if you are a busy mom like me, you want to be as efficient as possible, but you can make time before bed to do this. Disclaimer: This is not intended to treat or cure any dental health issues you may have. Please see your dentist for regular check-ups every six months and discuss any signs or treat possible dental disease. Free image courtesy...

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Why Fluoride gets an “F” and Why I stopped using Fluoride

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Family Health | 2 comments

After reading a blog from the Healthy Home Economist about Julia Roberts not using toothpaste, It made me smile. After all I don’t use fluoride toothpaste for my teeth either. After I went gluten free almost 7 years ago, I began to read a lot, I mean A LOT about ingredients. Some of you know I read and follow Dr. Mercola here from Chicago and I gave it up (and other bad stuff) soon after I gave up gluten. Primarily because I was in the process of getting my body baby ready and wanted to be super healthy. I even went as far as removing my mercury fillings five months after going gluten free after reading how the mercury fillings pose a health risk in our bodies. I went straight to his office to do this too because I didn’t want the mercury floating in my body while I was pregnant. Here are many reasons why you should give up your fluoride as well: 1. It impairs thyroid function. Basically, fluoride and iodine don’t get along and when we have excess fluoride in the body, it effects how the thyroid works, weakening it and failing to help the thyroid make the iodine we get from our food supply. 2. Too much fluoride effects our minds. Yep, research is finding those with mental health issues have an iodine deficiency and linking it to having too much fluoride in our bodies. 3. Lack of iodine shuts down the levels of thyroxine (T4). This is they thyroid hormone that helps with metabolism. (You see where I am going?) 4. Only half of ingested fluoride gets excreted. Where does the rest go? It gets stored into our bones, tissues and blocking elements like iodine. 5. Where else is fluoride found besides the obvious? Cereals, soda, processed foods, juices from concentrate. anti-depressants (which doesn’t help the brain heal by the way) and also as pesticides (another reason to follow the Dirty Dozen produce list) 6. It can cause cancer . So how do you reduce your consumption of fluoride? 1. Buy fluoride free toothpaste and dental floss. My personal favorite is Desert Essence(R) Natural Tea Tree Oil & Neem, also gluten free. Also Trader Joe’s sells a toothpaste made with Myrrh, which was used in Biblical times in death, but to also clean teeth. I buy Kiss My Face Fluoride Free toothpaste for my kids. (btw, I just took my daughter to the dentist for the first time and she said she rarely sees pretty white teeth on kids anymore and no x-rays were needed because she showed no signs of cavities) 2. Many bottled waters do not contain fluoride, however, if you rely on bottled waters, then buy these brands instead: Evian, Colistoga or my personal favorites Penta Ultra-Purified Water and Smart Water. You can find out the fluoride and other mineral content of your favorite bottled waters at Bottled Water Web’s Bottlers listing or check out EWG Water Bottle Scorecard. 3. Buy shower filters that filter out the chlorine. I know we are talking fluoride, but chlorine is another toxic chemical that has ill effects on the body. I am considering buying this one myself: Golden Illumination 4. Buy a water filter for your kitchen sink. Chicago is known for having the highest levels of fluoride in their water systems. I bought a Reverse Osmosis system when my daughter was a newborn and love it! What about keeping your teeth clean? 1. Use a motorized toothbrush first thing in the morning and right before bedtime. 2. Best time to floss is before...

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