Your Mouth and Internal Health

It’s an open book that reflects the state of your internal health. Oral health isn’t only about brushing your pearly whites twice a day. Your gums and lips need TLC too.

Some people want fluoride in their water, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Others don’t want to get anywhere near it. Does it or doesn’t it protect your teeth from decay? The fluoride debate is contentious. Both sides have compelling arguments. It’s worth doing your own research so you can decide for yourself.

Ponder the fact that many European countries have banned fluoride due to environmental, health, legal, or ethical concerns. Here in the US, the American Dental Association estimates that 72.5% of Americans live in areas with fluoridated drinking water. In the US, about two thirds of bottled water also has fluoride added to it.

Many believe this mineral should not be routinely consumed internally in drinking water. (Infant formula should never be made with water containing fluoride.) The CDC admits that a hefty percentage of children and adolescents who live in areas with fluoridated water are still experiencing tooth decay.

Dental health depends on a number of factors, the most important being proper home care and a diet of unrefined, fresh, sugar-free, whole foods.

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