Sunday, February 3, 2013

Fluoride in Your Water?

 
When we were in Florida, we lived in the city (not a lot of country where we were at), and never gave fluoride a second thought.  I do remember thinking from time to time how wonderful it was that none of us had ever gotten a cavity, but only in fleeting thoughts, nothing that I concentrated on for more than a second.

Now we're in the country, which I love, Love, LOVE, but there's no fluoride in the water.  AND our little one, who brushes a minimum of twice a day (three times a day before he started school) looks like he has a cavity starting!!!  The dentist will confirm it, but I have little doubt.  And I hate it.  He's pretty young to brave a dentist's chair for anything more than a cleaning, and even though getting a cavity filled won't hurt him, the fear that it might could make things a bit difficult, I already know.  Not attending to it would be far worse, but that's not something the little ones grasp so easily.

So that leaves me wondering what preventative options we have available to us, once the tooth is filled. I'm going to poke around the Internet a bit and ask the dentist too, but if you know of anything we can do to safely and adequately increase the fluoride we're getting, I'd sure love to hear it.  I'm assuming the difference is the water.  Our city had fluoride in the water, and it was something we took totally for granted, but now that we don't have it, and it's the only thing I can think of that we are doing different (as far as oral hygiene goes), I'm guessing it's the culprit. 




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  1. That is great they took it out of your water. Fluoride is one of the most deadliest things you can consume. It's the number one killing ingredient in rat poison. Hitler used fluoride to dumb down the people. People who use non fluoride toothpaste or water never have any health issues. Your family will be thanking the city in the long run for not using fluoride anymore. Drinking fluoride is more harmful then lead poisoning. Start researching and you will find how dangerous the stuff really is.

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    1. I'm scrolling through the comments and your opinion seems to be the majority. Def. something I'll be doing a little research on this week.

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  2. I think of all the fluoride treatments at the dentist my kids had growing up and the toothpaste and the water. And now we know it's bad for you, as are so many things we always used or consumed. I hope you can compensate in other ways to keep cavities to a minimum.

    I'm very sorry to have read of your brother's passing. And one loss does indeed lead to thoughts of other losses, but I hope the happy memories of your brother will continue to comfort you.

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    1. Thank you for your sentiments about my brother. I really appreciate you taking the time out to offer them.

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  3. I get my water at a local watering hole where the water comes out of a pipe in the ground. Fluoride is very bad for candida.... Hitler supposedly used flouride for mind control.

    I am in the process of looking for a water filter that takes out chlorine and fluoride and leaves the good vitamins and minerals in. Having a really hard time!!

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    1. You can buy the reverse osmoisis process pipe that will do that. Lots of places are selling them now. We are buying one with our tax return. They range around $300 but so worth it

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    2. Terry, I'll send you a tweet in case you didn't see Rebecca's reply to you.

      Thank you both for stopping by and replying.

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    3. Rebecca,
      I have thought about reverse osmoisis... but not only does it take out all the things that are bad, but it also takes out the good minerals that I do need. Our drinking water (many years ago) used to be the way a lot of people got their vitamins and minerals.... now I am not so sure how we get them besides supplements.

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  4. I agree with Rebecca,
    Be thankful to have none in your water, you are very lucky!
    x

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    1. My husband said he'd heard ill effects of Fluoride, and I vaguely believe I have to, but I filtered it out. Funny how we do that sometimes. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. We live in the country now and have a well, so we don't have fluoride in our water either. Sometimes when I go to the dentist they have me swish some fluoride for 30 seconds but I haven't done that in maybe 3-4 visits. I've never had a cavity before and just had my last check up last week and still no cavities. But maybe kids need fluoride more than adults? I need to do some research!

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    1. 'grats on the clean bill of health! I've had them (not as a kid though!) and they're awful. HATE them. People are noting how bad fluoride is, but it makes me nervous NOT to use it. I'm def. going to be looking into it this week. I want to have the information on it that I'm obviously missing.

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  6. Hi there, Thank you for visiting my blog. One of my grown daughters has little ones who are prone to cavaties-so the dentist coats their teeth with something(maybe fluoride?)and they also rinse with a mouthwash that is supposed to help. I would definitely check with your dentist.
    Have a great day!
    Noreen

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    1. It can't come fast enough...(the visit to the dentist) :)

      Thank you for your info and visit.

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  7. I also agree with Rebecca. Flouride is a very controversial topic these days. Nasty stuff!

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    1. So I'm seeing...glad I put this post up. I'll be checking it out too, I'm very curious now.

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  8. I feel silly, as I never even knew that cities had fluoride in their water!!

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    1. I'm here to provide knowledge... here to provide knowledge. ;) Kidding! Totally! :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Hi! As they taught us in medical school, all drugs are selective poisons, and that includes fluoride, which has harmful as well as beneficial effects. Genetics has a lot to do with it also. I grew up with fluoride in the water and treatments at the dentist, and I still have a mouthful of cavities, starting at a young age.
    God bless,
    Laurie

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    1. Thanks for the advice, Laurie.

      I didn't know you went to medical school. That's awesome. :)

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  10. We have it in our toothpaste and I use that. It's in our water too. He's great about spittig the toothpaste out though so it works well for us.

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    1. My little one gets more toothpaste in the sink than on the brush... I have to help him out, but he's getting there. ;) I'm curious about the pros and cons of fl. vs. non-fl t/paste now, esp. for the little ones. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. So that's why I am getting so dumb?? LOL ... we are on city water and their is fluoride in it.
    Reagan uses toothpaste that does not have fluoride in it and as far as water goes ...
    Well, you can't win 'em all. We use a filter on our fridge.

    Good luck Rosey ~ :)

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    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. A filter on the 'fridge is nice. We have well water, it's not my favorite thing. I could rant, but I shan't. ;)

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    1. I'm so happy you thought of me, thank you Laurie. And thank you for your nice words too. Coming over to your blog to say hello in a sec. :)

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  13. As far as the fluoride goes, I would be glad too about it not being in your water. Ask your dentist about putting sealants on your little one's teeth after the next cleaning (usually put on the contact surface of the molars). That can be very helpful when it comes to fighting off future cavities, and also ask for composite fillings and not amalgam (what everyone calls silver fillings). Amalgam contains mercury and they also have to bore deeper into the tooth to make it stay in. Composite (also known as porcelain) works better and is safer for your child. I used to work as a records technician in an orthodontic practice and also graduated from a dental assisting program. The two major things that I came away with were that fluoride can cause weird marks on the teeth and isn't good for children and to always ask for composite/porcelain fillings. I had a friend who worked for a dentist who removed the old school fillings and it had to be handled as a toxic material.

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. Hubby and I did say yesterday that we're going to inquire about the sealants. Neither of us knows much about them yet.

      Thanks for stopping by, always happy to see you. :)

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  14. It may be. You also have to consider your dental history as a child. Did you or your husband get cavities at a young age? If not, it may be the fluoride. I'm sure Dr. Google will have an answer for you.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. We didn't, Joyce. Neither one of us. And neither did the three older kids (we lived in the city w/them). Google's where I'll be going first. Almost always. ;)

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  15. Tooth decay has a lot to do with genetics. You can brush your teeth twice a day and still get cavities. It also has to do with how much milk, juice and carbs you consume. The larger amount of sugar starches the higher chance you have of getting cavities. I hope that it turns out that it isn't a cavity!

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    1. I hope it turns out not to be a cavity too. It's grayish...maybe it's not. We were certain it must be, but yesterday it didn't appear to be. We'll know soon enough.

      Thanks for the advice, our little one does drink a lot of juice. Could very well be yet another factor, I'm sure.

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  16. I had a bunch as a kid, it was just the way my teeth were. They finally settled down and been fine ever sense. As far as fluoride goes, as said best to avoid that crap. It may help your teeth, so they say, but it also makes your thyroid work harder as it clings to it and such, which can lead down the path of thyroid issues. And that is just one thing.

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    1. Another con...who knew?? Ha, I guess a lot of people did. I didn't. I'll be learning now. Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. Like Frugal in WV, I've heard that tooth decay has a lot to do with genetics. Who knows? We have well water here, and I blame that too - there's no fluoride. I have the kids use the fluoride rinse, but they both have had cavities. What about putting that protective coating on his teeth? sealants? Does your Dentist do that? My 8 year old just had a baby molar pulled (abscess) and now were are looking at braces...so we've had our fair share of dental visits with many more to come....uggg....

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    1. I'm going to check (on the sealants). Our youngest is just in school, so it's hard to tell if he'll need braces, but he has his grandmother's front space, so I'm guessing we will. He'll be the first for that too (if he needs them).

      Hope your little one was ok w/the tooth coming out, I'm sure it wasn't fun. :(

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  18. Goodness, I have nothing more to add, looks like you have gotten a lot of advise and your job will now be to sort it all out. My son did the clear coat sealant on his teeth when he was young

    Carol

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    1. Thanks, Carol. We'll def. be inquiring about the pros and cons of the sealants.

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  19. We don't have fluoride in the water in our town, but many of the surrounding towns do - like the town I grew up in. I have to give my boys fluoride pills every day.

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    1. We've always had it too. Well water's my least favorite thing about where we live, I'd like to have city water in the country (for a million reasons, most notably we can't have white anything).

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  20. I'm not sure. I've read a lot of negative things about fluoride to. My sister and I just got done talking about this. We were wondering why doctors prescribe fluoride? It's not like it stays on the teeth.

    http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/health-hazards-to-know-about/where-the-yellow-went

    http://mistyhorizon2003.hubpages.com/hub/Why-is-Fluoride-Bad-for-You

    I wondered just the opposite. Why do they put the toxic stuff in our water and in our toothpaste? Maybe I'm off base. I totally could be.

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    1. I'll be checking the links out this afternoon. Thanks, Alissa!

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  21. We don't even drink the water here ~ fluoride has been over rated as far as I can tell ~

    Carol of: A Creative Harbor ^_^

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    1. We don't drink ours here either (well water w/a filter/softener still doesn't appeal).

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  22. You can get fluoride supplements but you have to be careful with how much you take and yea there is a lot of controversy. And some people are just more prone to cavities so don't worry about it too much.

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  23. Good question. Too much fluoride will stain your teeth, so it has to be just right. Toothpastes have it in them I thought.

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    1. Most do, some purposely don't. Wonder what dreadful thing is lurking in the whiteners hubby and the second oldest use. ;) Ack, I wonder if toothpaste w/whitener is even worse than just fluoride alone. Now my questions are forming questions... lol

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  24. We have well water, so no fluoride here either. I am on top of my girls oral care. Almost obsessively. I hate fillings and am terrified of the dentist. My girls have never had a cavity. I make sure they brush their teeth each morning. Then bedtime they MUST floss, brush, then rinse with ACT. (or we buy the store brand sometimes).

    The girls get compliments at each visit on how well they take care of their teeth.

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    1. My oldest three always did, still do. We'll see how this visit goes.

      Glad your girls are getting the clean bill of health from the DDS!

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  25. I too am afraid of the dentist...top fear!! I wish our teeth were made of something NOT poreous☺ You have me thinking now...

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    1. I'm afraid for a little one to have to sit there...it's hard for adults, you know?

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  26. We had the same problem, Elizabeth was the only one who was developing teeth while I was living in the country without treated water and the only one to need serious dental work. I ended up getting fluoride drops but honestly I don't think it helped. Good luck xoxo

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  27. Rosey I've read through all the comments and I have to agree, a good discussion.

    With everything in life, I say 'moderation is key.

    I have heard and read awful things about flouride (esp from my MIL) however I think a bit of it is necessary for the strengthening of our enamel and also for it's protection.

    There are research I'd assume to support either side of why it's good or bad. As I say again, moderation.

    I think there must have been a reason why everywhere around the world seek to have a bit of flouride in our water system to provide certain benefits.

    Now as for the coating of the teeth with it, I'd be wary about that.

    I don't drink my toothpaste, and I rinse very well, so I assume I wouldnt get much down in my system. I ensure my kids do too and like your kids, they seem to get more of it in the sink that on the brush and in their mouths!

    And yes genetics might play a part in tooth health, but ultimately I would think that it does have something to do with lack of flouride, especially when I read that your family has not had that problem as kids.

    So research and weigh and good luck dahlin

    Ooh and I'd be very afraid of flouride pills!!!

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    1. Thanks for your input, Colette. You know I wasn't even worried about fluoride when I started this post, I was worried about NOT having it, lol. Now I'm looking into it and hubby is too.

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