The toxic Supplement

The toxic Supplement

The Toxic Supplement Your Body Could Do Without

There’s a lot of noise pollution out there regarding the argument for or against fluoride.  Fluoride has been a staple of America’s dental regime since the nineteen fifties. Without thought, or apprehension, communities have taken what the dental specialist pushed as gospel, therefore  fluoride is good for you. It’s an equation more than six decades in the making. If a little bit of fluoride is good for teeth, than a lot must be even better. Until its not.  Interestingly enough, fluoride is the one supplement that serves no function. The human body does not need fluoride to function properly.

Fluoride Saturation

So why have towns across the country been adding fluoride to the city water for decades? Communities with naturally occurring calcium fluoride, a mineral found in various regions around the world, historically have demonstrated lower incidence of tooth decay. Making the argument seem sound. Except, fluoride added to drinking water, for the majority of american households means the government is putting it there, and not the naturally occurring kind. The fluoride added to drinking water always is derived from chemical waste. Americans and people the world over are beginning to experience fluoride saturation

fluoride saturation.

Fluoride added to water is a fact of life for many communities with otherwise pure and clean, naturally occurring water supplies.

Except that the fluoride added to municipal water supplies all around the country (and the world) is not naturally occurring calcium fluoride. More than two thirds of Americans are currently receiving artificially fluoridated water at their tap. Water that is fluoridated by what essentially is a chemical waste product. A waste product that is toxic. The entire argument for the use of fluoride is based on studies in communities with naturally occurring mineral deposits of calcium fluoride. Recent studies from communities with artificially fluoridated water have not been able to backup or substantiate the original findings of reduced dental decay and cavity incident.

Continued Fluoride Saturation/Adding New Communities to the List

So why do NEW communities (around the world and) here in the U.S. continue to begin new fluoridation programs on their municipal water supplies? Conditioning and propaganda. Decades of trusted professionals telling us its good for us. Federal and government backing and American Dental Association support. All part of the propaganda to not change the status quo.

Poison and Fluoride

Many Americans are aware that fluoride is a toxin. Yet somehow we look past the fact that a tube of toothpaste easily contains enough fluoride to kill a small child. As consumers we’ve educated ourselves about all kinds of toxins that find their way into our bodies, even switching out the containers in our homes to eradicate exposure to BPA’s and other known chemicals with potential to harm. Fluoride saturation is not an unknown. Science has linked fluoride exposure to cancer, complications with diabetes, dementia, arthritis, mental defects, alzheimer’s, birth defects and a whole myriad of other complications. Still we have not eliminated or reduced our exposure, our childrens exposure or the eventual overload to the environment to the toxins of fluoride.

fluoride saturation has reached it's tipping point

Fluoride saturation in water, food, and personal care products: drowning us in toxic chemicals.

Since fluoride is nearly impossible to filter out of water the best option to reduce exposure is to get it out of toothpaste and mouthwash products in your home. There are alternatives that are very effective, maybe more so than fluoride, at remineralizing enamel and strengthening teeth. In essence fluoride only effectively works topically, unless teeth are still forming below the gum line, otherwise ingesting fluoride serves no purpose and, in fact, is toxic. In the long list of everyday things people come into contact with that are toxic, potentially even deadly fluoride should not be overlooked or segregated from the worst offenders. Fluoride hurts people and in many cases is forced on us through regimented doses in public water systems. Contact our office for products and information about alternatives to fluoride.

Mercury Amalgam Fillings: New EPA Proposal

Toxic Mercury. one of the metal components of traditional silver fillings

Toxic Mercury. one of the metal components of traditional silver fillings

Mercury Amalgam Fillings

A lot of controversy surrounds the dental industry regarding the use of amalgam (silver)  fillings for teeth. There are proponents that maintain the mercury inside the amalgam is bound to other materials and rendered harmless, or that the exposure to any mercury is too infinitely miniscule to cause health issues. Then there is the other side of the coin with patients and data collected over decades validating the very real cause for concern, even alarm.

Meanwhile the government entities who have been enacted to protect the public have done little to intercede or change the status quo. The MSD (Material Safety Data)  on mercury, as reported by the FDA, clearly states that there are no safe levels of mercury exposure. Despite that the FDA has followed recommendations provided by the American Dental Association, regarding the safety of mercury amalgam dental fillings.

The International Treaty on Mercury

Internationally in 2013 the Minamata Convention was held and a global treated enacted to protect both human health and environmental health from the harmful, adverse effects of mercury. The highlights of this treaty were to include a ban on new mercury sources, phasing out old ones and control measures for emissions. Still the EPA and FDA remained silent, when the alarm should have gone out, the EPA and FDA maintained quiet indifference.

New EPA Proposal

At last, over a year later, the EPA has proposed new changes that validate that mercury in dental fillings is a problem. The proposed changes will not be finalized until fall of 2015 and are yet up for debate. Additionally the EPA is namely addressing the mercury emissions from waste water coming from dental offices and facilities.

Below you will find the press release announcing the new restrictions.

U.S. EPA proposes to eliminate mercury pollution from dentist offices nationwide

Release Date: 09/25/2014

Contact Information: Suzanne Skadowski, 415-972-3165, skadowski.suzanne@epa.gov

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a proposal to eliminate mercury pollution from dental offices nationwide. These new Clean Water Act standards would cut discharges of dental amalgam – a mixture of mercury and other metals that dentists use to fill cavities. Under this proposal, dentists must use devices to remove mercury and other toxic metals before they go down the drain.

“This proposed rule would cut mercury and toxic metal discharges to public wastewater systems by at least 8.8 tons a year nationwide,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Bay Area communities already require dentists to use amalgam capture devices and have seen their mercury pollution levels drop nearly 75 percent. Now the rest of California and the nation will see these same benefits.”

About half the mercury that enters public water treatment systems comes from dental offices that do not use amalgam separators. When mercury from amalgam is discharged into water bodies, it can be transformed into methylmercury, a highly toxic form of mercury that builds up in fish, shellfish and fish-eating animals. People can be harmed by methylmercury when they eat contaminated fish and shellfish. Methylmercury is a neurotoxin which impairs brain and nervous system development and function.

Many states and local wastewater districts have started mercury pollution control programs that require amalgam separators in dentist offices. Amalgam separators remove 90 to 95 percent of mercury and other metal waste. Under the San Francisco Bay Regional Watershed Mercury control program, virtually all Bay Area cities and public water systems have successful mandatory dental amalgam separator programs, but this is not the case in most other communities and states.

EPA estimates that up to 120,000 dental offices in the U.S. use or dispose of amalgam fillings that contain mercury. Almost all of these offices discharge to sanitary sewers that flow to wastewater treatment plants. While most offices use some practices to reduce amalgam discharges to the sewers, they are not nearly as effective as amalgam separators. Because 40 to 50 percent of dentists across the country already use amalgam separators thanks to state and local programs, the new rule may result in installation of separators in up to 60,000 dental offices nationwide.

EPA estimates put the total annual cost of the proposed rule at $44 to $49 million and a new streamlining proposal will cut state and local oversight costs by a similar amount. This action is one way the U.S. is meeting the goals of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, an international environmental agreement that addresses human activities contributing to widespread mercury pollution.

EPA will accept public comments on the proposal for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register and expects to finalize the rule in September 2015.

More information: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/wastetech/guide/dental/

Mercury Amalgam fillings often found in molars and less conspicuous teeth.

Mercury Amalgam fillings often found in molars and less conspicuous teeth.

Clearly stated, this one proposed act is expected to cut mercury discharges to public water by 8.8 tons a year. *8.8 Tons Per Year. FDA: no safe level of mercury exposure.


For the health and safety of all of our patients our office uses only mercury free options for dental fillings. When mercury amalgam fillings are already present we safely, remove mercury amalgam fillings with procedures that ensure the lowest risk to the patient and the environment. It has always been our practice to put the patients health first and will continue to be our primary endeavor.

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Marilyn K Jones DDS

Address: 800 Bering Dr Suite 204 , Houston, TX 77057

Phone: (713) 785-7767

Email: mjones@hal-pc.org

Can You Reverse a Cavity to a Non-Cavity?

If You Haven’t Had Confirmation Yet–How Can You Tell If You Have a Cavity

Unless you are a dentist it may be hard to confirm whether or not the suspected tooth has a cavity. Cavities are spots of decay on teeth that can look anywhere from chalky-white to deep black. Sometimes staining in the crevices of molars looks like a cavity but is only staining.

A cavity can’t always been seen with just a visual inspection, some cavities develop below the gum line and some develop between teeth. Ultimately you need to have your dentist give you a full and thorough exam to determine where in your mouth you may have spots of decay (a cavity forming).

You Have Confirmation–You Have a Cavity

You’ve seen a dentist and definitely have a cavity. What course of action can you take at this point?

To identify the severity of a cavity your dentist will need to do x-rays. The X-Ray will reveal the severity of the cavity and help you decide what actions you can take and if you still have time to reverse your cavity.  First your doctor will evaluate your x-rays and determine any and all places that show decay (cavities) Only your dentist can tell if your cavity have managed to make a hole deep enough to go all the way through the hard enamel and into the dentin. If the cavity has made it to the sensitive nerve and pulp in the center of your tooth, you probably already know you have a cavity and have been experiencing some discomfort or pain. If your cavity is not yet through the enamel, there is still time for you to reverse this cavity before it eats an even bigger hole, giving you few choices but to have a filling placed.

What Can You Do

To help give your tooth the best odds of repairing the decay (cavity) you will want to focus of creating the healthiest environment for your teeth possible. Paying close attention to your diet, water consumption, brushing habits, even sleep. It’s imperative to discontinue use of tobacco and significantly reduce or eliminate alcohol if you intend for this process to be viable.

Stop Eating

Stop eating sugar immediately. Eliminating sugar will increase your chances of curing your cavity, you want a sweet smile, not a sweet tooth. Along with cutting out sugar cut back on foods that both quickly convert to sugar and easily stick to the teeth. Consider these foods in particular: breads, crackers, chips and other highly processed carbs, plus fruit leather, fruit juices, and most dried fruits. In general this group of food items are going to give you the most problems, leaving behind more than ample fuel for already forming cavities.

Start Eating

Do load up on foods that will help you remineralize your existing enamel. That hard, shiny protective layer on the outside of your teeth can’t be replaced but you can give it better odds by eating foods that will redeposit usable minerals into the pores of your enamel. The foods most laden with the right nutrients tend to be high in calcium, phosphorus and other mineral dense foods densely. Notably nuts, especially almonds and walnuts, wild salmon, cheese (though firm and hard cheeses are your best options) vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, and a myriad of other foods we’ve discussed in previous post.

You will need to have a dentist monitor your mouth and recheck areas of concern.  There are no guarantees that your tooth will remain filling free indefinitely, some careful attention to your overall health and your consistency will go along way toward increasing those odds.

For more ideas see also my other articles for reversing gum disease, toothpaste, supplements and more to get your teeth their most resilient.

If you think you may have a cavity there may still be time to remedy the problem. Call us for an appointment and an opportunity for us to help you reverse any potential cavities naturally.

Marilyn K Jones DDS

Address: 800 Bering Dr Suite 204 , Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 785-7767
Email: mjones@hal-pc.org