Much of the information we read and hear regarding dental care is confusing and counter-productive. There is a lot written about how fluoride
is actually bad for your teeth and overall health, but it's still added to the water supply, promoted in tooth paste, and applied by dentists. Mercury in fillings has been a problem for years, yet the problem is widely ignored. Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen has an article that addresses the problems: 2006 Biggest Health Threat to the United States - US Dentistry.
Once again, if you want good dental health some personal action is required.
We've adopted the following approach:
- Brush the teeth with baking soda (we've used bar soap in the past and it is also acceptable). This keeps most plaque from forming and leaves the teeth feeling very clean with no coating. Brushing after every meal is optimum.
- Floss teeth often; once a day is a good idea.
- Visit the dentist only for an emergency, which has not happened for years. Regular flossing and brushing keeps our teeth fine.
- Avoid fluoride as much as possible. We "solarize" our drinking water to dissipate the fluoride and chlorine, but a good water filter is even better.
Dr. Gerard F. Judd, Ph.D., Chemistry and Fluoride Researcher, has written a book on the subject, but he also has a good article online, Good Teeth From Birth To Death