After suffering an autoimmune disease for over ten years, one of the chemicals I researched to get well was fluoride.
It’s in our water, our toothpaste, and many of the products we use every day. That’s because food and beverages are processed with fluoridated water, it’s in many of our dental products, can be found in mechanically deboned meat, can be found in tea, is added to many psychotropic drugs, and it is now widely acknowledged that exposure to non-water sources of fluoride has significantly increased since the water fluoridation program first began.
In toothpaste, fluoride helps remove plaque, a film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums every day. Plaque can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel. The amount of fluoride in toothpaste has been carefully controlled so you only get a small amount. Unfortunately, we can’t control the amount of fluoride we are exposed to everyday and that’s the problem.
The use of fluoride toothpaste, particularly during early childhood, presents health risks. This is why the FDA requires a poison warning on every tube of fluoride toothpaste now sold in the US. fluoridealert.org
Fluoride accumulates in the body. The kidneys will expel up to 60% of the ingested fluoride each day. The remainder accumulates in the body, mostly in the bones and the pineal gland. The fluoride concentration steadily increases over our lifespan.
Here are some of the dangers of fluoride:
- It weakens skeletal health
- Causes arthritis
- Thyroid disease
- Bone cancer
- Disrupts the immune system
- Muscle disorders
- Bone fractures
Once I read that is was an additive in one of the drugs I was taking for my disease, I researched how to eliminate as much fluoride as possible from my life.
Homemade toothpaste has all the benefits of store bought toothpaste without the chemical additives. Brushing your teeth only removes the bacteria that has attached to the outside of your teeth. This is temporary because the bacteria always continues to grow with everything we put in our mouth.
Dental plaque is bacteria that live in the mouth and stick to the teeth. This is easily removed by Oil Pulling, an ancient technique that is gaining in popularity in recent years. To control the plaque, I do oil pulling 3-4 times each week.
In addition, I always do a salt water rinse before I brush. The salt water removes bacteria from the mouth, removes particles stuck between the teeth, removes smells, and return the mouth to an alkaline state. It’s also a good thing to do after eating.
1) Combine baking soda and Himalayan salt in a small bowl; whisk.
2) Add the essential oil drops; whisk.
3) Place in a glass container.
Add the baking soda and Himalayan salt to a small bowl and whisk. Add your favorite
essential oil and whisk again.
Spoon the mixture into a glass container
It’s important to use an organic baking soda; this means it does not have aluminum.
Himalayan salt is organic and does not contain any of the chemicals found in iodized salt. Read this post that contains my reasons for using pure Himalayan salt.
There are several recipes for homemade toothpaste. In fact, you can add coconut oil to this recipe if you like a paste or smoother toothpaste. I was using coconut oil for a while, but found it to be too messy. That’s because it melts as soon as it hits your mouth, so you have it in your sink every day. But – it’s up to you!
P.S. I love peppermint essential oil. It makes my mouth feel and smell fresh in the morning!
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