How to Avoid Fluoride in Water and Toothpaste

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By Matt Hall — Staff Writer

So what are health conscious people supposed to do? Is fluoride in the water we drink, bathing, and cook with simply an inescapable part of modern life?

Fortunately, no. There are several steps we can take to minimize our exposure to fluoride so that we and our children do not accidentally ingest too much. Here’s how to limit your exposure to fluoride and protect your children’s teeth.

Avoiding Fluoride in Water

Avoiding fluoride in water takes a little bit of work because most places fluoridate their water. That means the water coming out of the tap already has fluoride in it. This causes a major health risk, especially for infants. If you live in an area that puts fluoride in the tap water, you can avoid it in several ways:

  1. First, you can avoid fluoride in tap water by drinking spring water. Note that this doesn’t mean you can drink any kind of bottled water! Some companies add fluoride to their bottled water, basically making it the same as tap water. Instead of just buying any bottle, make sure you buy and drink only pure spring water. Check the bottle to make sure that the fluoride content is less than 0.2 ppm (parts per million). If the bottle doesn’t have this information on the label, you can call the company or check this page on popular brands of spring water.

  2. Next, a simple solution is to install a high-quality water filter on your faucet. What are filters can inexpensively filter fluoride out of water. However, you need to do your research to find a water filter that is designed with this purpose in mind – at least in part.

  3. Finally, if you have the funds, you can distill your own water. Distilling water require special equipment, but it is shown to be effective in reducing fluoride levels to safe amounts. Usually, water distillers cost between $200 and $1000.

How to Avoid Fluoride Toothpaste

While water is pretty difficult to avoid, fortunately fluoride-free toothpaste is much easier to find. Simply shop in a natural food store, or the online, and look at the ingredients in the toothpaste. You may even be able to find non fluoridated toothpaste at your local supermarket.

Watch Out for This Hidden Fluoride Danger!

A lot of people go to a lot of effort in their attempts to stay fluoride free. They invest in the right equipment to purify their water and use non fluoridated toothpaste. However, there’s one simple mistake a lot of people make it still exposed to dangerous levels of fluoride.

That mistake? Using tap water to brush their teeth and wash. Using tap water on your toothbrush with your non fluoridated toothpaste actually exposes you to fluoride.

The way around this is to either install a filter that purifies all the water coming into your home or to not use tap water brush your teeth.

The fluoride levels in much of the tap water in North America exceeds the establish safe amount of 2 ppm. That makes it dangerous. However, taking the steps above can keep you and your family safe from dangerous fluoride levels. Begin to protect your family from over-fluoridation today. Your child’s teeth will thank you.


54 Comments on How to Avoid Fluoride in Water and Toothpaste

  1. I'd like to find out more information about water filters that actually take out Fluoride. From the research I did years ago, I found that there is no such product, because (as I remember reading it) fluoride molecules are approximately the same size as water, so it can not be filtered out. I know that chlorine and other particles can easily be removed, but I'd like to see more info/links to info about these filters that claim to take out fluoride. Thanks.

  2. Terri Ann Henrich

    Beverly, I haven't bought it yet (still reading reviews and trying to figure out which size model would be best for me), but I found a filter system recently called Berkey that claims to remove most fluoride ( I believe it states 95-97%, but I am not sure if that's correct). Amazon has it, and they are on Ebay also. Some of the reviews are really great, while others – and there are many – say its built cheaply and leaks.

  3. Danielle E. Belletete

    The first recommendation should not direct people to bottled water. Bottled water is terrible for the environment.

  4. Ashre Landrum

    Berkey's turn Flouride into Chloride…which I know nothing about, but the info I've seen says Chloride is harmless…not sure about that. Reverse Osmosis removes Flouride, I believe, but wastes a significant amount of water to purify a much smaller amount. I just don't know anyone who is able to remove Flouride from their entire house.

  5. Diane makes a good point. If someone came to you and said "Hey, stop wearing pants, they cause things that are detrimental to your health" you would want them to explain what those things are and why pants are a cause of it.

  6. Ramsey Sierra

    I found it ironic that there was a PUR water filter advertisement right next to this article. PUR water filters don't filter out fluoride. On the box it says, "keeps in healthy fluoride."

    Promoting that people drink bottled water is ridiculous. The waste, the plastic, and the mentality around it are counterproductive to what this website is trying to achieve. If there have been studies about how toxic fluoride is, then cite them, or create a hyperlink.

  7. Wheatgrass powder has been proven to neutralize fluoride, chloride, and number of other pesticides and harmful chemicals either immediately or over 24-hour exposure. You'll find this information in Steve "The Sproutman" Meyerowitz's book "Wheatgrass, Nature's Finest Medicine". Also, you can probably just Google that. :)

  8. Joe Lellinger

    Trying citing the studies that present conclusive evidence that fluoride poses certain health risks. Don't just say they exist. Also, what quantities of fluoride are harmful/safe? Most toothpastes have around 0.15% w/v fluoride ion. Is the level in water on par with that? Understanding the supposed risk can better motivate people to altering their lifestyles.

  9. Josh Bare

    in short, fluoride is a neurotoxin. one of its first purposes was rat poison.

    A recently published Harvard study showed that children living in areas with highly fluoridated water have "significantly lower" IQ scores than those living in areas where the water has low fluoride levels. In fact, the study analyzed the results of 27 prior investigations and found the following, among other conclusions:

    * Fluoride may be a developmental neurotoxicant that affects brain development (in children) at exposures much below those that cause toxicity in adults.

    * Rats exposed to (relatively low) fluoride concentrations in water showed cellular changes in the brain and increased levels of aluminum in brain tissue.

    Other research studies in animals link fluoride intake to the development of beta-amyloid plaques (the classic finding in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's dementia).

    And research on fluoride also has implicated it in changing the structure of the brains of fetuses, negatively impacting the behavioral/neurological assessment scores of newborns and, in animal studies, impairing memory.

    Personally, I think the addition of a neurotoxin in our water was not done by mistake. Also, it should be noted that many studies have been done on communities where fluoride was removed from their water supply and dental health did not suffer whatsoever.

  10. Josh Bare

    a water distiller will do the trick. get the dental grade ones. makes water 99.9% pure and the taste is kinda eye-opening at first. i cannot describe the flavor of the water exactly, but I tell people it tastes "elemental."

  11. Sheryl Lynn

    Reverse osmosis wastes a LOT of water though. Berkley or Qua Rain about the best out there. Both have been used in national disasters like Katrina. skip the on faucet ones, a waste of $ as chlorine destroys the carbon quickly.

  12. While it is great to give advice stating that we should avoid fluoride, not giving links to research and read up on your reasoning hurts your article. Fluoride has been linked to a lot of health problems and I think it is great advice to avoid it when and if possible. If you are going to suggest bottled water, that just makes you look like you are marketing for the bottled water industry. I would suggest that you suggest to people to drink from local spring water companies instead. You can buy a water cooler (either counter top or floor model) from around $45 up to $180 depending on what options you want. Then the bottles themselves from your local spring can be anywhere from $1.00 to $5 depending on the size. Refilling them costs around $1.50 to $3. Compare that to the cost of the home filter systems that you would pay thousands for (not to mention the repeated filter replacements!) or the hundreds of thousands you would waste on bottled water from a store that is glorified tap water… yeah not much of a comparison is it? Be proactive about your research instead of just trying to get a deadline out. I like your page and a lot of your articles, but sometimes your articles are not researched well enough or feel like fear mongering. And sometimes they are just rehashed information from just days before (multiple posts of same thing on facebook within a few days of each other). Keep up the good fight and find new things to inform us of about our health (new studies about foods that help fight disease, new foods, new ways to combat obesity, etc). Live Long and Healthy ~ Mila.

  13. Darren Russell sometimes a grammar/spelling mistake can quite literally change the meaning behind an entire paragraph. Also, if the author was not passionate enough to spell/grammar check, what makes you think he was passionate enough to fact check?

  14. Patrick Kirby and yet when they come up to you and say: "Hey pants are the ONLY way!" you wear pants everyday without a care or thought to the possibility that 'they' may have been wrong.

  15. Cary Itson

    I have 2 Berkey filters & have added fluoride filters to my showers as it is absorbed through the skin also…..service life of the filters is about 1 year.

  16. be careful NOT to drink just distilled water, since it will kill you eventually… And the ad for a Brita filter at the end of the article (at least on my screen) is misleading since I believe it wont rid your water of Flouride. A BURKE filter is the only filter that will remove fluoride from what I know…

  17. Toni Berkshire

    I agree with you, Mick. While I won't disregard the information altogether (as Darren inferred) it makes me think the writer isn't as educated and therefore might not be as reliable with his/her information. After the first couple of grammar mistakes I skimmed and was ready to leave the page.

  18. Your link to the USDA has old information on fluoridation levels, those numbers are significantly lower than todays reality, since 2005 the government has forced spring-water companies to add fluoride threatening to pull licenses if they did not. I suggest going to the source, each company list the chemical report of their water on-line if they do not don't drink it.

  19. So how do people ever make it pass 30 in countries like russia, china or uk , which are filled with flouride, lead, radiation and etc exposures? Oh no, we need lead, flouride, peanut, shellfish free stuff. No, what you need is, stop getting unnecessary immunizations. Like flu shots that contains all kinds of fucked up shit your body has no need in.

  20. So how do people ever make it pass 30 in countries like russia, china or uk , which are filled with flouride, lead, radiation and etc exposures? Oh no, we need lead, flouride, peanut, shellfish free stuff. No, what you need is, stop getting unnecessary immunizations. Like flu shots that contains all kinds of fucked up shit your body has no need in.

  21. Alan Amsterdam

    Companies like Nestle are draining places like Pakistan of their water for westerners to drink bottled water who in turn add to the plastic problem which is incredibly detrimental to the environment in the oceans.

  22. Alan Amsterdam

    Flouride is a dangerous by-product of the chemical industry and one of the biggest lies ever told revolves around it. The facts are easy to find if you research this.

  23. Josh Pierre

    Plastics can be recycled, if people aren't recycling it's their fault the bottles end up in a landfill. The biggest danger of drinking from plastic containers is of Course BPA, which causes higher estrogen levels. Nobody wants man-tits, something Matt Ewald should worry about since he probably takes steroids.

  24. Josh Pierre You do not need to take steroids to be physically fit. In fact, steroids give users a very distinctive fake looking 'bubble' muscle build, not to mention countless negative side effects.
    Perhaps if you weren't busy playing with puppies and pink unicorns, you could have muscles too!

  25. Josh Pierre

    Matt Ewald it's easy to tell a tool when I see one, your display picture is your abs rather than your face.

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