"Fluoride ruins teeth"

by Tim O’Shea, excerpted by Healing Teeth Naturally from www.thedoctorwithin.com/articles/water.html, copyright 2000 NewWest

(The above-referenced extensive article contains an in-depth discussion of fluoride and fluoridation and has been excerpted here. The reader is advised to read more pertinent excerpts in On Fluoride and Fluoridation Causing/Contributing To Cancer & Other Diseases discussing the dark history of fluoridation and the American Dental Association, fluoride's role in the genesis of cancer, brain/nervous system damage / low IQ / mental confusion, fluoride in food etc.).


Fluorine [note the "n"] is an element. It is a gas, never occurring naturally in its free state. In microscopic amounts complexed with other minerals, it is often listed as a trace mineral, a nutrient for human nutrition. Other sources disagree, holding that "no experimental work or clinical observations have proved that fluorine is in any manner essential for animals or man." (Alesen, p.5)

This has nothing to do with fluoride or fluoridation. The fluoride added to drinking water is a compound of fluorine that is a chemical byproduct of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing. Such fluoride is manmade. In this form, fluoride has no nutrient value whatsoever. It is one of the most caustic of industrial chemicals. Fluoride is the active toxin in rat poisons and cockroach powder. (Dustrude)

"Hydrofluoric acid is used to refine high octane gasoline, to make fluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons for freezers and air conditioners, and to manufacture computer screens, fluorescent light bulbs, semiconductors, plastics, herbicides, — and toothpaste. It also has the ability to burn flesh to the bone, destroy eyes, and sear lungs so that victims drown in their own body fluid."
- Foulkes

Once in the body, fluoride is a destroyer of human enzymes. It does this by changing their shapes. You'll remember from the Enzymes chapter[1] that in human biochemistry, thousands of enzymes are necessary for various essential cell reactions that take place every second we're alive. (Howell) Without enzymes, we'd die instantaneously.


Collagen is the body's glue. That's not just a metaphor; when collagen breaks down, tissues simply lose their substance, their framework. As we saw in the Collagen chapter[1], this is exactly how we get an enlarged heart, osteoporosis, atrophy and drooping of muscles, joint destruction, kidney and liver disease, falling organs, and bad teeth. Fluoride dissolves the body's glue simply by preventing new collagen from being formed. (Ishida)

Dr Y[2] gives a masterful explanation of fluoride's disruption of collagen. Not only is the collagen incorrectly formed, it is wrongly mineralized. Some collagen, like bones and teeth, should be mineralized in order to give it hardness. Other collagen structures, like ligaments, tendons, and muscles, should not be mineralized, in order to keep them flexible and resilient.

Fluoride confuses the two types. Fluoride mineralizes the tendons, and muscles and ligaments, making them crackly and painful and inflexible. At the same time fluoride interferes with mineralization of bones and teeth, causing osteoporosis and mottling or dental fluorosis.


Wait a second here! I thought that was the whole reason why we fluoridated water in the first place — to prevent cavities and build strong teeth, right?
Wrong again. And this is where politics and dog-wagging have eclipsed science. Dr Y gives an exhaustive review of the scientific literature of the past 40 years proving beyond a reasonable doubt that fluoride interferes with tooth formation, causing permanent discoloration and actual crumbling.

The reader is referred to Chapter 5 of Fluoride The Aging Factor. A few excerpts:

Tooth enamel is laid down by special cells called ameloblasts. Dutch researchers found that fluoride at as little as 1 PPM caused these ameloblasts to malfunction so that they laid down irregular chalky enamel. (Bronkers)

The process whereby teeth are discolored and crumble from fluoridation is known as dental fluorosis.
The U.S. Public Health service has known since the research of its own Dr. HT Dean in 1937 that as fluoride levels rose, so did the percentage of children with dental fluorosis, in a study of 15 major American cities. (Dean)

The same findings were evident in a University of Texas study comparing dental fluorosis in children who lived in fluoridated and unfluoridated areas of Texas. Dr. Segretto found a 35% higher incidence of fluorosis in children who drank water with fluorine concentration of 1-1.4 ppm, compared with those whose water was in the .3 ppm range. This little study was written up in the Journal of the American Dental Association. (Segretto)

Yiamouyiannis goes on and on, citing one peer-reviewed study after another, all coming to the same inescapable conclusion: the more fluoride in the water, the more tooth malformation and discoloration.

It's beyond controversy, when you view these studies from all over the world -— New Zealand, India, Denmark, England, Ireland, Italy, Illinois — same finding. Even with this consistent finding across the board, the standard level of fluoridation recommended for dental health in the U.S. is 1 part per million. How is this possible?

A major gain for antifluoridation happened in the past few years, which most people haven't even noticed. The FDA required all toothpaste manufacturers to print a warning on the label that if more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is swallowed, the local Poison Control Center should be notified. Check it out! Did we see that on CNN?

The American Dental Association and other defenders of fluoride have testified and continue to insist that dental fluorosis is a "cosmetic condition" and is not a health issue! You hear it all the time from fluoridiots.

Permanent malformation of the teeth is a little more serious than cosmetic — but even if it weren't, how can an additive whose only alleged purpose is to benefit teeth destroy teeth?? In their current website, the ADA actually challenges this FDA warning on toothpaste labels, saying that it is unnecessarily strict.

In the words of Canadian fluoridation expert, leading consultant to the Canadian Dental Association, Dr. Hardy Limeback, a University of Toronto biochemist and dentist: "Since when is a cosmetic problem not a problem when the patient must seek dental treatment to fix it?" (Toronto Star, 25 April 99)

Paul Connett, PhD, explains that spots on the teeth and dental fluorosis are just an indication of damage to other parts of the body: "The teeth are windows to what's happening in the bones." (Griffiths, p 39)

Addendum by Healing Teeth Naturally: a small selection of many important fluoride findings & documents; plus fluoride detoxification tip

  • "Our Daily Dose": a brilliant film on fluoridation that can be viewed for free at www.ourdailydosefilm.com/watch-the-film/ and www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mUUrZJaHPU&feature=youtu.be
  • On Fluoride and Fluoridation Causing/Contributing To Cancer & Other Diseases discusses the dark history of fluoridation and the American Dental Association, fluoride's role in the genesis of cancer, brain/nervous system damage/low IQ/mental confusion, fluoride in food etc.
  • Detailed scientific references and overview provided by environmental scientist at
  • 40+ studies show that fluoride is linked to lower IQ in children
    This includes prenatal fluoride exposure (in the womb):
    A video presentation on IQ and brain studies can be watched at www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5WKZXmwXrk
  • Diabetes: According to the National Research Council, diabetics are a "susceptible subpopulation" particularly vulnerable to harm from ingested fluorides.
  • “Exposure to fluoridated water and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder prevalence among children and adolescents in the United States: an ecological association”
    The above study published in Environmental Health in 2015 found fluoridation to be linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • "Are fluoride levels in drinking water associated with hypothyroidism prevalence in England? A large observational study of GP practice data and fluoride levels in drinking water."
    This study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health in 2015 found practices located in a fluoridated area to be nearly twice as likely to report high hypothyroidism prevalence in comparison to a non-fluoridated area.
  • The Effect of Fluoride on the Physiology of the Pineal Gland (298 pages):
    http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/pineal/luke-1997.html (PhD Thesis by Jennifer Luke, 1997)
  • The Journal of Dental Research reported in 2015 that fluoride hasn't stopped sugar-induced tooth decay, see www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26261186
  • CDC 1992 Fluoridation Census (2 volumes, searchable):
  • Fluorine Intoxication (by Kaj Roholm, 1937):
  • Collusion between the Sugar Industry and the US National Institutes of Health
    A scientically validated (peer-reviewed) 2015 study titled “Sugar Industry Influence on the Scientific Agenda of the National Institute of Dental Research’s 1971 National Caries Program: A Historical Analysis of Internal Documents” shows that from 1959 to 1971, the sugar industry manipulated (and successfully so) the research on dental decay carried out by the U.S. National Institute of Health's dental branch. Result: the NIH only focused on approaches to cavity prevention that did NOT require reduction of sugar intake, leading to fluoridation propaganda replacing honest information on tooth decay (see www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25756179). One of the study authors is already well-known for revealing the lies of the tobacco industry regarding the health effects of smoking. Also see "Documents Reveal Sugar Industry’s Influence on U.S. Dental Policy" at http://fluoridealert.org/content/bulletin_03-25-15/ .
  • Dozens of additional studies reporting adverse fluoride effects and/or how to protect the body from fluoride toxicity listed at
  • The story of a person hypersensitive to fluoride:
  • http://fluoridealert.org/fan-tv/ is the Fluoride Action Network's video archive of both full-length documentaries and short clips on fluoridation (more fluoride-related videos under Links to educational videos)
  • More informative links on fluoride and fluoridation including advocacy groups
  • Fluoride detoxification tip:
    Increasing the body's iodine levels has been found very effective in helping detoxify fluoride (I would advise to use seaweed as your source of iodine; in this manner, you as well as your teeth simultaneously benefit from one of the richest sources of the entire spectrum of minerals and trace elements known).
    Be aware, however, that iodine supplementation can be a two-edged sword. While it has tremendously benefited the health of a number of individuals, others (clearly a minority — but nevertheless) apparently have been seriously damaged. So inform yourself thoroughly about the pros and cons before considering applying iodine DIY for fluoride detox or other purposes.

Also compare An abscess story: rotten molar & fluoride and this very impressive first-person account showing that salt water brushing has healed cavities where fluoride toothpaste failed.

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Footnotes by Healing Teeth Naturally

1 on www.thedoctorwithin.com

2 John Yiamouyiannis, PhD., author of Fluoride the Aging Factor

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