We’ve all heard for years that fluoride in your water helps prevent cavities, but fluoride is a dangerous poison. Don’t think so? Look at the danger labels on fluoride tooth paste and mouth washes. If you swallow any, call the CDC Poison Control Center immediately – And flouride is in many city water supplies! A much safer alternative exists. Just take a walk in the sun to help prevent cavities or make sure you are supplementing with Vitamin D. This research goes back to the 1920s. Below is an excerpt from the nonprofit Vitamin D Council:
“There were also several studies reported on vitamin D and dental caries in the 1920s and 1930s. May Mellanby and coworkers in Sheffield, England, did studies on the role of vitamin D on teeth in the 1920s.
The first experiments were with dogs, where it was found that vitamin D stimulated the calcification of teeth. Subsequently, they studied the effect of vitamin D on dental caries in children, finding a beneficial effect.
Additional studies were conducted on children in New York regarding dental caries with respect to season, artificial ultraviolet-B (UVB) irradiance, and oral intake of vitamin D with the finding that it took 800 IU/day to prevent caries effectively.”
“Use of vitamin D appears to be a better option for reducing dental caries than fluoridation of community water supplies, as there are many additional health benefits of vitamin D and a number of adverse effects of water fluoridation such as fluorosis (mottling) of teeth and bones.”
Now that we are heading into winter it is almost impossible to get enough vitamin D from the sun in most of the US, unless you’re laying on the beach in Florida, so you must supplement. Make sure you’re children are getting adequate vitamin D as well – we know how hard it is to get them to brush well, so Vitamin D may help.
Make sure your supplements are only vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) as this will convert into the active form of vitamin D in your system. Not all supplements are created equal. Some will use inferior, and cheaper, ingredients. Others may contain less than what is on the label or be contaminated. Make sure your supplements are manufactured to pharmaceutical GMPs (Good Manufacturing Procedures) and have been audited by external 3rd parties such as NSF.org.