Why Holistic Dentists Oppose Fluoride Toothpaste
No matter what some may say, dental professionals who practice in quality holistic offices like TLC Dentistry in Dunedin will tell you that it’s not at all unreasonable to be concerned about fluoride toothpaste, especially when this warning appears on the carton of all fluoride toothpaste: “Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”
The handbook “Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products” states that fluoride is more poisonous than lead and only slightly less poisonous than arsenic. And, according to the Physicians’ Desk Reference, for persons who are highly sensitive to chemicals or topical treatments, fluoride can cause outbreaks of atopic dermatitis, eczema, or urticaria, which is an umbrella term for an allergic reaction resulting in round, red welts on the skin that itch intensely, sometimes with dangerous swelling.
To our north, the Canadian Dental Association recommends that fluoride products like fluoride toothpaste not be given to children less than three years old.
Why, then, are parents expected to allow their children to use a product that contains a chemical that is, at best, highly controversial in its dental health aspects and, at worst, an acknowledged and bona fide poison? More than that, with virtually nothing but fluoride toothpaste on supermarket shelves, what is a concerned parent’s alternative?
TLC Dentistry isn’t alone in the holistic dental community to reply that a great and highly effective option is Aloe Vera toothpaste.
Aloe Vera Toothpaste Vs Fluoride Toothpaste
Aloe Vera is a plant long known for its medicinal benefits. You might know it best as a topical treatment for minor burns. But Aloe Vera does much more than that. Aloe Vera is commonly used in Indian and Southeast Asian cooking and can be eaten cooked or raw. The plant is packed with Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6 and B12, plus choline, folic acid, alpha-tocopherol and beta-carotene. Vitamins A, C and E are important antioxidants that are beneficial to the immune system. But Aloe Vera doesn’t stop there. It acts as an anti-inflammatory as well.
When used in toothpaste, Aloe Vera’s anti-inflammatory qualities combat gingivitis, a form of oral disease that causes swelling and inflammation of the gums. It can also be beneficial in treating periodontitis, a serious gum infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone. An Aloe Vera gel can be used as a local drug delivery system in periodontal pockets.
As a tooth gel, Aloe Vera toothpaste is a highly effective alternative to fluoride toothpaste. Aloe Vera toothpaste controls cavity-causing bacteria. It kills and removes harmful microorganisms that cause inflammation in the mouth and the gums. Plus toothpaste made from Aloe Vera doesn’t use abrasives found in most fluoride toothpaste, making Aloe Vera toothpaste much less harsh on tooth enamel. It also is a better choice for anyone who suffers from sensitive teeth.
In a medical paper released by the PMC, a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM), an evaluation between Aloe Vera toothpaste, Colgate toothpaste and Palmolive toothpaste (both being fluoride toothpaste) concluded that the Aloe Vera toothpaste was more effective than either the Colgate or Palmolive brands in controlling germs and bacteria.
Where To Find Aloe Vera Toothpaste
While not as widely known as fluoride toothpaste, today Aloe Vera toothpaste is often as easily available. Many supermarkets stock it right along with the fluoride-laced toothpastes. Many natural groceries and stores also have it stocked. If you don’t find it in your favorite store, Aloe Vera toothpaste is readily found online, just like fluoride toothpaste.
Questions? TCL Dentistry Is Here To Help
Dr. Rawa Hassan of TLC Dentistry in Dunedin is known for her holistic approach to dentistry. Resolving oral health issues in a natural, holistic way helps prevent the need for more invasive procedures. Dr. Hassan and her staff at TLC Dentistry are highly qualified to serve you.
If you have questions, please call (727) 785-2467 or use our Contact Page.
To read the medical paper published on PMC that is cited in this article, go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.