Tooth Erosion, Fluoride, & Cancer | Natural Health Blog

Date: 04/15/2008    Written by: Jon Barron

Tooth Erosion & Sensitive Teeth


If you think you're being a model of dental virtue because you brush your teeth vigorously after every meal, here's something to chew on. Dental erosion -- the loss of the protective enamel coating on the teeth -- has increased in the US, according to a new study. When the enamel diminishes, nerves become exposed, causing victims pain and increased sensitivity. Plus, the teeth yellow and become brittle, more likely to decay, and they develop ugly V-shaped notches.

What does dwindling enamel have to do with your excellent brushing hygiene? Apparently, friction can cause dental erosion -- and that includes hard brushing, picking at your teeth with a toothpick, or wearing a retainer. But the rise in erosion is more likely due to our ever-increasing consumption of acid-based drinks and medications that eat away the enamel. Chemicals found in soda, citrus fruits, tea, coffee, and sports drinks can be factors. So can taking certain drugs such as aspirin and having medical conditions that bring stomach acid into the mouth, such as gastric reflux and bulimia.

The bad news is that the condition has become quite common among very young people. The study found that 30 percent of students ranging from ages 10 to 14 have tooth erosion -- a solid indicator that soda consumption is the primary culprit, as kids that age haven't had years enough to brush the enamel off their teeth, nor aspirin enough to melt it away.

It may not be life-threatening, but those who wince every time they eat something hot or cold know how debilitating the condition can be, as do those whose smiles have gone Medieval and those who are losing teeth due to decay.

Until now, the primary prescription for protecting teeth from erosion has been fluoride -- both in toothpaste and our drinking water. But lest we forget, fluoride has been implicated in:

  • Destruction of the immune system
  • Thyroid disease
  • Up to a 39% increase in various cancers--with an astounding 80% increase in rectal cancer
  • Genetic changes both in sperm and other cells
  • Dramatic increase in heart-related deaths
  • Brittle bones
  • Bone cancer
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Increase in infant mortality
  • Developmental issues in children
  • Skin rashes after bathing
  • Miscarriages
  • Dizziness
  • Vision problems--including blindness
  • Not to mention mottled teeth
  • And it is well established that fluoride is an extremely potent enzyme inhibitor.

Oh yeah, and in addition to all the above, it doesn't work.

But now someone is proposing a "better" alternative. According to an article in the Daily Mail, Arm & Hammer has released a new toothpaste that contains liquid calcium that purportedly plugs microscopic gaps in the enamel. The product is being introduced in Great Britain, with an intro in the US market to follow.

Unfortunately, what Arm & Hammer giveth with one hand, it taketh away with the other. The company boasts that in addition to liquid calcium, their new toothpaste also has "fluoride to fight cavities" and a "subtle minty taste."

Ah, well! I guess we'll have to wait until Arm & Hammer realizes that there's a large market for something that actually "replaces" fluoride rather than just adds to it. Until such time as A&H wakes up and produces a non-fluoride version, best to cut back on the fizzy drinks and save your teeth.


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    Submitted by Alex on
    April 15, 2008 - 8:11am

    You're right. Actually fluoride isn't useful in all cases.

    Submitted by Bee on
    April 27, 2008 - 10:14pm

    Ok, so what is the name of that toothpaste, and where can we get it? :o) Bee

    Submitted by Beth Dupree on
    April 15, 2008 - 5:11pm

    Jon, We carry the first toothpaste proven to rebuild tooth enamel. It's been out for 5 years. It's based on our research that arm and hammer takes credit. Here are our ingredients:
    Calcium Carbonate (Ionic Minerals From Coral Calcium)
    Stevia (stevia rebaudiana leaf extract) Herbal sweetener
    Xylitol-Antibacterial sweetener
    Hydrogen Peroxide-Antibacterial, Antiviral whitening agent
    Golden Seal (Hydrastis Canadensis extract) Antibacterial antiviral
    Ginko (Ginko Biloba) Vasco dilator
    Ginsing (Panax Ginsing root extract) Adaptogen
    Echinacea Extract (Echinacea Angustifolia extract) Increases white blood cell count
    Tea Tree Toothpaste:Tea Tree Essential Oil Clove Essential Oil Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
    Mint Toothpaste (No other essential oils except spearmint)
    Sorbitol Sugar Alcohol
    Purified Water
    Hydrated Silica-Polishing Agent
    Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate- one of the most gentle organic cleansers coconut derived
    Sodium Magnesium Silicate- Silica Polishing Agent
    Cellulose Gum-Vegetable Binder

    Submitted by sonja lee on
    January 11, 2013 - 4:07pm

    I would like to know the Brand of toothpaste that beth depree says has been out 5 yrs. before arm and hammer. i would like to try it. Thanks

    Submitted by Christa on
    March 12, 2009 - 7:20pm

    I just have to write about my experiences with some of the greatest tooth pastes/elixirs that I have found to date.
    One is the famous tooth soap, available at It is literally just soap that comes in shreds and in a liquid form. The idea behind it is that it doesn't contain fluoride, harsh preservatives or addictives, or glycerin which is a sticky residue found in almost all commerical toothpastes, and prevents teeth from remineralizing.
    Another favorite of mine is Uncle Harrys All natural toothpaste(can be purchased at The ingrediants are as follows: Utah clay,ionic minerals, magnetic earth, ocean water, collodial silver, eucalyptus, clove, oregeno, and peppermint oils. This is truly very potent, but I have seen my teeth become whiter and stronger. This company also has other tooth pastes versions such as a coconut soap toothpaste, with similar ingrediants, a children's toothpaste, tooth powders, and the most amazing and potent mouthwash I have ever tried! They also sell many other really great and very affordable household, personal care, herbs, and some food items. Definetely a company worth checking out.
    Finally, the most amazing tooth elixer is a product called Oralive and can be purchased through I have to read you the ingrediants, get ready for this! Natural magnetic healing earth, high vibrational frequencies, ground lemurian quartz, oxygen, marine phytoplankton, amazon herbs, essential oils, ancestral probiotic from volcanic microbial soil, and deep ocean trace minerals. Amazing! You have to check out this website, they have very affordable other superfoods and the best personal care products I have ever seen. I hope that this may have been helpful for someone. We have to get away from all of the toxic toothpastes that cause more harm from good. Once we give our bodies true nurishment and trace minerals, our teeth and overall health can begin to remineralize and heal.

    Submitted by Gus on
    April 18, 2008 - 2:44am

    Its amazing how toothpaste companies still include fluoride in their products. Don't they know that its toxic to humans. I believe the reason most people are having teeth problems is due to their diet. Proper Raw healthy foods will prevent tooth decay. Unfortunately most people eat unhealthy cooked foods.

    Submitted by jonbarron on
    April 28, 2008 - 3:17am

    Dear Bee: The Arm & Hammer toothpaste is not available in the US yet, but you can find alternative recommendations from your fellow blog commenters. First there's Bella Mira Shine Someone else recommended Probiodent. And remember, if you're waiting for the Arm & Hammer toothpaste, it currently comes only in a fluoride version.

    Submitted by Mary Rushing on
    April 27, 2008 - 10:13pm

    A few years ago my teeth were pink & almost transparent. I could hardly touch my gumline w/out wincing. I'm a young 55.
    I heard Gary Null on PBS & he talked about 're-mineralizing' teeth. So I did a Google search & found Probiodent.
    In 2 weeks I dared to look at my teeth & was shocked at how much whiter they were. After a couple of months my teeth looked way younger & I could put my fingernail on my gumline w/out wincing at all!
    Here's a .pdf of Probiodent:
    He also has O-Mega D™ w/fatty acids, & very fine pet products like Archetype Buffet.

    Submitted by Mike Zahniser on
    October 21, 2008 - 2:20am

    What about NOVAMIN. Does this stuff really work as advertized?

    Submitted by Rockon on
    October 3, 2010 - 10:31pm

    You’re right. I believe the reason most people are having teeth problems is due to their diet. Proper Raw healthy foods will prevent tooth decay. Unfortunately most people eat unhealthy cooked foods.

    Submitted by Guest on
    July 7, 2012 - 7:11pm

    I join Mary Rushing (above) in recommending Wysong's Probiodent. I've just started using it (a few days), but already see that my teeth look clean and white, and feel 'stronger' in my gums (don't know quite how to describe that). The ingredients are all edible, and contain such things as birch bark extract (birch bark is what xylitol actually comes from), probiotics, milk proteins and other ingredients that really make sense to me. The instructions say to swish the excess liquid in the mouth after brushing, spit it out, but don't rinse. I thought that sounded odd, but tried it and it feels good. Teeth look fine after doing this. It's also not a particularly expensive toothpaste (8.95).

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