Too much fluoride in your system can lead to permanent fluorosis, bone damage, or mental impairment. Because of the known dangers of fluoride toxicity, Morris Family Dentistry in Zachary, Louisiana, is a fluoride-free dental office. Chad Morris, DDS, and Noelle Davis, DDS, use natural, holistic methods to keep your teeth and the rest of your body healthy instead. If you’re looking for fluoride-free dentistry, contact the office by calling to speak with a team member or request an appointment online.
Fluoride was introduced to the United States in the 1940s and claimed to be revolutionary for dental health because of its ability to battle tooth decay. However, research has shown us that the dangers of fluoride far outweigh any possible good. Exposure to fluoride is suspected of impacting nearly every part of the human body, and the potential for harm has been clearly established in scientific research. A 2006 report by the National Research Council identified a number of health risks associated with fluoride exposure. Certain groups, such as infants, children, and individuals with diabetes or renal or thyroid problems, are known to be more severely impacted by intake of fluoride. Since such populations and all people can potentially be impacted by fluoride exposure, consumers need to know these crucial fluoride facts. Given the current levels of exposure, policies should reduce and work toward eliminating avoidable sources of fluoride, including water fluoridation, fluoride-containing dental materials, and other fluoridated products, as a means to promote overall health.
Have you ever read the label on your toothpaste? It says, “Keep out of the reach of children under six years of age.”It also states, “Adults, apply a pea-sized amount” and “Contact poison control center if you swallow.” According to the research literature, you should brush with no more than one-quarter of a milligram of fluoride, and call Poison Control if you swallow that amount. Just one 1 gram of fluoride toothpaste (a full strip of paste on a regular-sized brush) is sufficient to cause acute fluoride toxicity in two-year old child (e.g., nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea). Here are some of the specific human health risk associated with fluoride exposure:
Fluoride-free dentistry refers to a dental practice that eliminates fluoride from their repertoire. Dr. Morris and Dr. Davis use non-fluoridated dental products and doesn't promote fluoride treatments for children. The providers at Morris Family Dentistry take a holistic, systemic approach to dental care, which means they look at the overall health benefits of treatment. They operate under the guiding principle of “do no harm,” and due to its known toxicity, fluoride doesn’t fit within their framework.
If you consume public drinking water or use fluoridated toothpaste, you likely have some level of fluoride exposure. However, you can still prevent cavities without the need for fluoride. Here are some tips to help protect teeth from decay without fluoride:
Dr. Morris and Dr. Davis can also suggest more natural, non-toxic methods for tooth remineralization. If you’re looking for a fluoride-free dental practice in the Zachary, Louisiana area, contact Morris Family Dentistry by phone or request an appointment online today