After researching 'Project Paperclip' and then the history of fluoride, my decision was made; I have minimized my fluoride intake as much as
possible for a couple of years now (save for bathwater and the occasional non-carbonated beverage during an evening out).
I had determined that I suffer from moderate dental fluorosis (my dentist could not explain the mottled pits or white spots, and dismissed my concerns
by telling me it was 'just how my teeth developed'). I also suffered from sensitivity.
I purchased a Berkey and the additional fluoride filters- best tasting water EVER. We not only use it for drinking water, we cook with it and give it
to our pets. Here's the astounding part- all of our cats were much more active and spry within the first couple of weeks, but the most amazing part
was that my geriatric 16-year-old female cat 'came alive' again. She plays like a kitten!
For oral health, I utilize a multi-step process:
-I brush with baking soda first (it neutralizes the pH in your mouth), making sure to get between the gums and cheek/lips, tongue and all the nooks
-I then brush with a dallop of Tom's Apricot* or Jason Sea Fresh (if you like the minty pastes)
-I rinse with Peroxide (debridement)
-I floss (usually just in the afternoon and/or at night)
-I rinse with Listerine (to sterilize and kill anything that may be left)
I would also recommend investing in a sonic toothbrush (I scored on a couple of discontinued models for husband and self, and replacement heads are
still readily available); I typically use a regular brush in the AM and afternoon, then my final cleaning of the day I switch to the sonic.
On my wishlist is a water pick.
For reference, though I can't vouch for this particular site (I found it doing a cursory search, but it's a great starting point), this is a basic
synopsis of what I ultimately found:
As always, YMMV, do your research and Deny Ignorance. :-)
*Note: NOT all Tom's toothpastes are fluoride-free!
[edit on 5-6-2009 by antisocialbutterfly]