The biological dentists look at fluoride from a whole body perspective; not just how it affects the teeth but its effect on the health of the person.

Fluoride actually has two issues, one topical application in the dental office or tooth paste, the other is water fluoridation.

Research has shown that fluoride only works in a topical manner. Fluoride interacts with hydroxyl-apatite to form fluorhydroxyapatite, which is more resistant to dissolving in the acids produced by the decay bugs. In addition, fluoride is anti-metabolite of bacteria (plaque).

But, there are other factors involved in bacteria control that is, plaque in our mouth, such as nutrition, genetics, oral hygiene and salivary flow. More to the point, fluoride is a known xenobiotic, or toxin. In fact, a National Institute of Health (NIH) panel concluded that “most tooth decay research is poorly done and lack of fluoride doesn’t cause decay but poor diet does.”

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), performed the task of revising fluoride in a comprehensive, scientific and unbiased manner in accordance with criteria established to assure the protection of the public safety. “The review of fluoride and resulting Public Health Goal of zero is the only acceptable exposure level to this common xenobiotic.” www.iaomt.org

The biological dentists at NIHA do not use flouride and will discuss diet and alternatives to fluoride as measures to prevent cavities.