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Why the Anti-Fluoride Movement Is Something to ‘Smile’ About

Jul 29, 2015 05:14PM ● By Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer

Fluoride, a chemical agent that is commonly added to dental products and drinking water for the alleged purpose of fighting tooth decay, has been receiving negative press lately. In fact, recent medical findings assert that the prevalent levels of both human and animal fluoride intake account for multiple chronic health conditions. 

“While there is a long list of illnesses thought to be caused by fluoride such as increased lead absorption, hyperactivity, lethargy, muscle disorders, thyroid disease, arthritis, dementia and bone fractures, the most alarming and substantiated report comes from The Harvard School for Public Health. This study indicates that ‘fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain. 

“The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us’ (The Washington Post). Although supposed ‘safe’ fluoride levels are recognized, these recent findings suggest that fluoride should be avoided completely.” clarifies Gabriel Williams, founder and CEO of the locally-based natural health marketing firm Beck Naturals.

In addition to fluoride, consumers are advised to abstain from several other chemicals used in mainstream dental products as well. Williams expounds, “Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) is a foaming agent that can cause frequent and long-lasting canker sore outbreaks. SLS has also been shown to increase tooth sensitivity. Alcohol, while effective for temporary breath freshening, acts as a drying agent that dehydrates the mouth and promotes bacteria growth. Hydrated Silica damages tooth enamel, as it does not break down over time, causing harmful chemical build-up. Glycerin coats both the gums and teeth, creating a barrier that prevents teeth from re-mineralizing and allows bacteria to thrive. Finally, Blue1 has been linked to behavioral problems in children.”

In light of these troublesome warnings, the natural health community has begun investigating alternative solutions to treat oral cavities or rotting, while protecting against the physical consequences of fluoridation. One such substitute, Good Gums, is both gentle on the body and effective for maintaining oral wellness. This product contains holistic, chemical-free ingredients that both people and pets can safely ingest.  

“80% of the population currently suffers from poor gum health, and most people don’t even know it. Good Gums was developed to naturally address these gum health issues. Users have found that, when massaged into the gums with a regular tooth brush, canker sores heal, gums retighten and inflammation is relieved. In addition, they’ve noticed cleaner teeth, fresher breath and overall improved oral health. Many people have even replaced their toothpaste entirely with Good Gums,” adds Williams.

Consumers, who are skeptical about which factors set this mild herbal formula apart from its mass-manufactured counterparts, should simply refer to the nutrition label. Williams explains, “The active ingredients contained in Good Gums include myrrh and peppermint to soothe sore gum tissue; baking soda and French grey sea salt to clean the teeth with low abrasiveness, strengthening enamel with magnesium and countering plaque-produced acidity which allows natural saliva to form and re-mineralization to occur; Vitamin C and Bioflavonoid complex to help connective tissues heal and grow; and cinnamon, tea tree leaves and cranberries to reduce bacteria spikes with antimicrobial properties. It should also be noted that Good Gums uses tea tree leaf powder, rather than tea tree leaf oil or extract. Both these ingredients are toxic to dogs, but the powder is not.”

Therefore, before scheduling your next dentist visit, brushing with chemically-laden toothpaste or opening a bottle of processed water, remember the potential health risks associated with fluoride consumption. Opt instead for naturally formulated alternatives, like Good Gums, which offer pure protection against chronic disease while optimizing the appearance and functionality of those pearly whites.


For more information on Beck Naturals, call 386-957-5600, visit, or email [email protected] for 24-hour support. For more information on Good Gums, call 1-888-693-0333, visit, or email [email protected].  


Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota-Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer, based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog,, features practical tips for embracing a fit, nutritious and empowered lifestyle. 

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