Because fluoride is a natural element found in the earth, it may seem like it’s no harm. We also hear about fluoride being great for our teeth, so we don’t pay any mind to it potentially being negative.
If you’re trying to raise healthy, vital animals, it’s important to know what they are consuming.
Once fluoride is consumed, it resides in the bones and can be extremely difficult to get out of the body.
Fluoride is a highly toxic substance, and if you don’t believe us, just look at your warning labels on toothpaste now. It may say something along the lines of, “if you accidentally swallow more than used for bushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”
Where Is Fluoride Coming From?
The most common way to consume fluoride is typically through tap water. The amount of fluoride coming from tap water can vary depending on location, but you can test it to find out the fluoride levels.
Other sources of fluoride can come from toothpaste, fluoride treatments, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides.
Fluoride can cause some serious health problems. People living in areas with high fluoride levels have experienced illness, loss of mental acuity, lung problems, poor wound healing, and death.
If consuming high levels of fluoride, issues can pop up in your:
- Brain: Reduced I.Q. and learning ability along with increased ADHD and dementia.
- Thyroid: Causes hypothyroidism in people and dogs.
- Bone: Increased fracture risk and bone cancer risk.
- Fertility: Impaired and/or damage to sperm.
- Immune System: Disrupted, antibody formation inhibited.
- Musculoskeletal System: Disrupts the synthesis of collagen, the main connective tissue in mammals, arthritis, and muscle disorders.
How Can You Avoid Fluoride?
Since drinking water is the most common source, water filters are a great place to start. Common water filters might not do the trick, so make sure you find a filter that specifically says it’s purpose.
You can get fluoride-free toothpastes to avoid possible consumption and for pets use natural toothbrushing methods.
In your pet’s food, look for language such as “animal byproducts” and “bone meal.” These contain high levels of fluoride and if the ingredient list says this, it might be a good idea to avoid.
It’s a lot to discover, especially when something is so commonly known. But having some information to better understand what both you and your pet are consuming can save you from some issues later down the line.
If you have any experience with this or know a few tricks to avoid fluoride, let us know!