Natural tooth care and fluoride alternatives
Fluoride is one of the most toxic chemicals we regularly expose out bodies too, it is found not only in dental products such as tooth paste and mouthwashes, but in some country’s fluoride is added directly into the water supplies. This controversial health issue has sparked many heated debates as to its safety.
What is Fluoride?
Well fluoride happens to be the 13th most common element on the planet, naturally found in soil, water and the foods we eat. Fluoride is also synthesized in laboratories and it’s this toxic synthesized version that is added to water supplies with out the consent of the general population. It’s claimed by officials this is to protect the teeth of people in poorer communities whom may not be able to afford adequate dental care, although this may be the case there is mounting evidence indicating that their reasons could be a whole lot more sinister.
Why is Fluoride added to toothpaste?
Tooth decay happens when acids attack the surface of the tooth. Fluoride is used to build a barrier on your teeth to protect from these corrosive acids found in food and drink. But are there natural alternatives to this toxic addition to out daily health routines?
Researchers at TulaneUniversity have discovered recently that an extract from the coca bean, yes the same bean used to make chocolate! Can be used more effectively than fluoride at protecting our teeth. Although this might seem like some sort of joke to people who’s tooth health has suffered due to high intake of chocolate in their diet. The extract known as theobromine is proven to harden tooth enamel as well as make your teeth less permeable.
Tea tree oil is another viable alternative to fluoride. It’s famed for its unique antiseptic properties used for fighting gum disease but has to be used in combination with baking soda to deal with plaque build up
Backing soda helps to polish your tooth enamel with out leaving any abrasive scratches on the tooth surface. Its disinfectant properties are a great way to kill unwanted germs in your oral cavity. Adding a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to your tooth brush can have amazing whitening results. Be sure to only use food grade hydrogen peroxide when using it for health issues.
Xylitol is a tooth friendly natural sugar alternative naturally found in fruits like strawberries, kiwis and raspberries as well as some green vegetables. It is best known for its experimentally proven ability to fight cavities, because of its anti-bacterial properties. Not only this, but xylitol consumption results in the re-mineralization, or strengthening, of tooth enamel. In plain words, it protects your teeth and makes them stronger.