Stop Brushing Your Teeth... Until You Read This - Save Our Bones

Don’t forget to brush your teeth! This phrase used to be my mother’s reminder every night before I went to bed. But I soon realized that just brushing was not enough, so I also floss after each meal and get a professional cleaning twice a year.

Yet what might really surprise you is this: I pay special attention to what I DON’T do for my teeth.

Indeed, when it comes to dental health and your bones, less is more. Because a toxic ingredient is lurking in just about every dental hygiene product. And this chemical can hurt your bones and your overall health. Here’s a hint for you: it’s also in tap water.

If you’ve read the Osteoporosis Hydration Protocol – which is part of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program – you’ll know what it is.

Sodium Fluoride: On Smiles and Lies

Sodium fluoride is the dental health “wunderkind”, supposed to reduce cavities in people of all ages, and especially in children. Most dentists will tell you that there is real science behind using fluoride, since studies have shown a increase of as much as 50% in cavity reduction. No wonder most municipalities supplement their water with it. And dental hygiene products manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon.

Yet fluoridated compounds, including sodium fluoride, have been used as the active ingredient for pest control since the end of the 19th century, mainly against cockroaches, ants, and rats.

What could be more telling than this warning printed on each toothpaste tube? It reads as follows:

”Warning: Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.”

What this warning fails to mention is that the mucosal lining of the mouth is extremely efficient at absorbing chemicals. That is why many quick-acting drugs, such as nitroglycerin, are placed under the tongue.

In other words, the mouth is a portal to your bloodstream, and using products that contain fluoride – even without swallowing them – is like leaving your front door wide open to thieves. And fluoride can rob you of both your bone health and your general health. No wonder those who know this conclude that using fluoridated products is…

A Risk not Worth Taking

Fluoride accumulates in the body. In fact, excessive amounts of fluoride can actually harm tooth enamel by causing dental fluorosis manifested as permanent stains on teeth, sometimes causing pain and chewing problems.1

And here’s a sign that the problems associated with fluoride are coming out in the open. The CDC is now advising to reduce fluoride supplementation in water to almost half of the previous levels. In its latest report, the agency acknowledges that two in five children in America exhibit dental fluorosis symptoms.

Further evidence of fluoride’s accumulation in the body is that – as many studies have shown – it actually increases the risk of fractures, and in particular the dreaded hip fractures.2, 3 Plus since fluoride is a chemical, it also acidifies your pH, thus making it even more challenging to maintain an alkaline pH to retain and increase bone density.

But that’s not all; fluoride also disrupts collagen formation – something that obviously contributes to the higher incidence in fractures – and may cause skeletal fluorosis, a condition with symptoms similar to arthritis.4 In the Osteoporosis Hydration Protocol you can get your hands on each and every study relating to fluoride, bone health, and your general health.

How to Avoid Fluoride in Dental Hygiene Products

Now that you know that fluoride is absorbed through the mouth, you will most probably be eager to stop using fluoridated dental products, in addition to avoiding tap water,. So don’t get discouraged: it’s a lot easier than you think.

Granted, just about all of the well-known brands, such as Crest, Colgate, Listerine, and others contain fluoride, but quite a few fluoride-free brands are sold in health food stores and in the “green” section of supermarkets.

Besides not having toxic fluoride, my favorite toothpaste has a wide variety of ingredients that have been scientifically shown to improve and prevent gum disease. Aloe vera, CoQ10, and tea tree oil are powerful allies of a healthy mouth. And it’s more than just fluoride free; it also free of sodium lauryl sulfate (a foaming agent that mimics the action of estrogen in the body), artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners.

Maintain a Healthy Mouth

My dental hygienist Hindy – whom I’ve been going to for 15 years – is amazed at the condition of my gums and teeth. You see, while I was never prone to cavities, before I started on the Osteoporosis Reversal Program my gums were red, swollen, and bleeding easily. I had to get professional cleanings every three months to prevent periodontal problems.

Soon after following the program, my gums did a 180 degree turnaround. So much so that Hindy was stunned. She asked me what had changed, and I told her about the Osteoporosis Reversal Program and how it balances the body and the pH. As it happens, she had also been diagnosed with osteoporosis, so she got on the program right away.

Besides switching to natural and fluoride-free toothpaste, I have recently started using a sonic toothbrush. It not only keeps my teeth clean and bright white, it also massages the gums and gently removes plaque. I’ve had an electric toothbrush for several years, and it is certainly better than a manual toothbrush. But here’s the big difference: sonic toothbrushes generate between 30,000 and 40,000 brush strokes per minute while electric toothbrushes generate between 3,000 and 7,500 per minute. Compare to this manual toothbrushing at about 300 per minute.

Here's the model I use: Philips Sonicare Essence HX 5351/46 Power Toothbrush

Researchers have shown that a clean mouth, free of inflammation and irritants, may prevent health problems. And if you’ve taken osteoporosis drugs in the past, it’s especially smart to avoid dental problems and gum issues. So stay away from fluoride, brush and floss often, and keep smiling, because you’re on the right track!


1 Pendrys DG, Katz RV., “Risk of enamel fluorosis associated with fluoride supplementation, infant formula and fluoride dentifrice use”, American Journal of Epidemiology, 1989; 130:1199-1208.
2 Sowers M, et al. (1991). A prospective study of bone mineral content and fracture in communities with differential fluoride exposure. American Journal of Epidemiology. 133: 649-660.
3 Cooper C, et al. (1990). Water fluoride concentration and fracture of the proximal femur. J Epidemiol Community Health 44: 17-19.
4 Susheela AK, Sharma YD, “Fluoride poisoning and the effects of collagen biosynthesis of osseous and non-osseous tissue”, Toxicological European Research, 1981; 3 (2): 99-104.

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  1. Best Braces in Colorado Springs

    It seems a long debate without any clear conclusion. I am a bit worried about my child as he is having his orthodontic treatment from these days. Fluoride has been pretty common in last few decades now its said that its harmful, so I am a bit confused what to use.

  2. bruce yeager

    This quakery should be taken off the internet. Shame on you for giving out misleading information. Health food/ “natural” ….etc. nutjob website.

  3. Ray Z

    Totally anecdotal I know. I lived in a home for 16 years in Florissant Colorado. We had our fluoride levels tested multiple times and our well water had 5 times the maximum recommended allowance of fluoride in our water. Unfortunately we weren’t aware of this problem until about a year or two after our first son arrived. He ended up with stains on his teeth which was one of the reasons we got the water tested.

    We went with an RO filter to totally remove all fluoride in our kitchen. The rest of the house received unfiltered water. That meant all of us used the water to brush our teeth every night.

    We are now two years removed from living in that situation and across the board cavities our up in our family even for those of us who are eating healthier than we did back then. It seems the fluoride in the water made some sort of difference.

    But our fluoride came from natural sources. I’ve read that different additives can be used to achieve fluoridation in municipalities. Whether or not this is true I have no idea. Only things I know is that I am now looking for fluoride rinses for our family.

    • Cathy

      Proven fluoride causes demineralization in teeth and bones no amount is safe, same as radiation.

  4. Joe

    Anyone giving flouride to kids should be executed. Fluoride is a deadly neurotoxin and if you think it is good for you then you probably have drank too much fluoride water. Harvard recently released a study showing how it diminishes IQ. Hitler put fluoride into the water of the concentration camps to make those held complacent and easy to control. China found a 10 to 15 point IQ decrease in children’s IQ between cities that were fluoridated and those that weren’t. Subsequently they stopped all fluoridation. The United States is one of the few nations left that still fluoridates water. They all woke up to the fact it is deadly. It is an industrial waste that the EPA doesn’t allow to be dumped ANYWHERE. Oh, except into your water supply. Fluoride is not used in ANY biochemical process. Any of you defending it need to do the research on the history of fluoride waste, where it comes from, and how it came to be dumped in the water supply. Look up dental fluorosis. Bone cancer in boys. YOU go read the peer reviewed scientific and medical journal articles about neurotoxicity of fluoride, IQ drop, and other effects.

    What I think I’m a scientist or something?

    Yeah that’s exactly what I am. B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. pending (coursework and research completed). I’ve been working in industry and government R&D for 25 years and I am a published author of scientific journal and conferenfe papers and an advanced engineering textbook for engineering professors to use in teaching graduate level nonlinear variable structure control systems courses.

    Only a stupid person would give their baby fluoride toothpaste or fluoride nursery water. But you’ve been fed disinformation since childhood and by dentists – who seem to love other toxic metals and substances like mercury which leaches from filligs. In light of the disinformation about its toxicity I give everyone a pass but there’s no reason now to not research it. Look up the history of dentistry and you’ll be appalled.

    • Rita Ocasio

      Thank you! There’s a couple ppl I needed to convince so hopefully, you may help with that…

  5. Austin

    This article seems like it was written by someone with a high school education. Some of the statements were completely illogical.

  6. Chax

    Fluoride is mostly Chinese toxic waste produced as a byproduct of chemical plants. It’s not even similar to real naturally occurring fluoride. Countries that buy it probably have some sort of shady deal with China.

    • Chax

      Also… dentists don’t have a clue about what is good for teeth… Root canals… toxic fillings/caps… they leech mercury into your body stream causing brain damage and damaging bodily functions. Never let a dentist do anything without researching what it is first and don’t get your info from government affiliated websites either.

      • Joe

        You’re a genius. Glad to see some people waking up unlike bobthebattleax who trolled you.

      • bobtheaxolotl

        It’s a chemical compound. Regardless of its origins, sodium fluoride is one sodium atom and one fluorine atom. It is identical to all other sodium fluoride found anywhere on Earth, created by any process.

        The fact that you believe there’s a difference between “natural” and “artificial” chemical compounds is profoundly disturbing to me, because it’s something you should have learned in the fifth grade.

        It’s people like you who reject settled science and basic observable reality that are causing the seas to well up and threaten to drown coastal cities, that are causing children to die of resurgences in whooping cough and measles, and caused us to elect an angry, sexually aggressive tangerine named Donald Trump to be our next president.

        And, let me be clear. I don’t care if you didn’t take part in any of the individual parts of these things. It’s your mode of thinking, your legitimization of the rejection of basic science, that leads to others doing the same. The way you think is a disease, and your brand of ignorance is a shared epidemic that’s literally killing children.

        It’s not just that you’re stupid. It’s that you’re willfully stupid, to the detriment of everyone. That it’s a choice is why you’re a bad person.

        • Joe

          You are ignorant. Absolutely stupid, and you don’t know what you are talking about. You are a sheep that stampedes wherever the heard goes. You rely on others to tell you what to think without doing your own due diligence. A typical fascist minded socialist. A kind of “you have to wait for it to be passed to find out what’s in it” mentality. You were right on one count – natural fluoride is just a different form of compound, or some ionic form. All toxic. Neurotoxic all day everyday and is not part of any biochemical process except for how to get it the hell out of living cells. In humans that’s to store it in teeth and bones where they become brittle. It is chemically similar to calcium and displaces it. Damn sure glad Trump is president now since you wanted to drag politics into it. Nothing but ad hominem attacks on the guy. So I trolled you back.

      • Ben dover

        Sounds like all you medicial professionals are gonna have nice rotten teeth heeding your bad advice. If you had red nasty gums before then you had bad oral hygiene. Plain and simple. Dont need a reference for that, everyone knows that if you dont brush and floss twice per day, then your mouth will eventually be a nasty mess that will repel even mosquitos. Misinformation!

        • Cathy

          Be careful on floss and picks for teeth many are laced heavily in fluoride. Ow

  7. Luke Yancey

    This is a very interesting article and I know that fluoride has been used as a defense against pests in the past. However, I still believe that unless you have a terrible allergic reaction against it, that it is okay to use in toothpaste. The amounts are extremely diluted, and although it is not an essential nutrient, it can cause terrible effects on a child’s teeth!

  8. Mike

    I was happily surprised to learn that I am using the same sonic toothbrush and gel as you. Been using the same one for nearly 10 years now. They may be expensive but their value is uncompromised when it comes to our health.

    • rebecca

      we have a treasonist government that has allowed toxic waste water from glyphosphate fertilizer to be dumped into our drinking water and it’s more than not they’re over 680,000 deep injection wells that they place this is dirty toxic waste water from the petro chemicals, glyphosphate fertilizer and also nuclear reactor and natural gas waste water what happens when it mixes with our aquifer we are drinking all of this we are the sickest country in the nation they know exactly what they’re doing they have polluted major lakes with this b******* toxic water what happens when it arrives the bottom of the lake into an aquifer our water is poisoned all across the United States this is truly an act of terrorism the war on terrorism is from your f****** government they are betraying the people of the United States in collecting tax that is unlawful to use against you we are paying for our own demise wake the f****** now you people can go back to talking about f****** toothpaste Jesus Christ is God damn country is going to hell and you want to talk about f****** toothpaste you bunch of f****** imbeciles wake the f****** it’s time to get pissed take your ass to your local sheriff’s department and start filing f****** complaints they cannot do anything unless the citizens complain if someone can be arrested start with a f****** a****** rockefeller he has invaded the United States he is the AMA he is the FDA he is a petrochemical company he’s a CDC the EPA here is your secret societies JFK was killed over he was shutting down the Federal Reserve executive order 11110 who owns the Federal Reserve f****** Rockefeller that’s one of them wake up people and stop worrying about your f****** toothpaste your god damn country is falling apart jesus f****** christ

      • Ben dover

        Sounds like your an idiot and that no one ever wants to talk to you about your conspiracy theories. Shut up idiot and stop speading shit everywhere. The only thing you have proven with your loser post is that you are a certified idiot! Happy life

        • Tamara

          I would like to talk to him. I don’t blame him for being angry. Aren’t you angry that a neurotoxin is in your drinking water? Well, he researched and found out alot more and so he is very angry. If conspiracy theories are always bullshit, why can people be charged with conspiracy to commit a crime in court? People can commit conspiracy crimes, and do, but government and big businesses never do? You would expect those with more access to connections and big money to be able to hide their crimes easier than the average joe, yet every time someone tries to prove conspiracy in terms of the “big boys” they are always called idiots or crazy. Yet the average joe also gets charged with conspiracy to commit a crime in court and no one bats an eye… So either the average joe is smarter than the big boys or you guys assuming conspiracy theorists to be automatically crazy are the real idiots. There is no way in hell that only citizens/ civilians commit criminal conspiracies.

        • Nik

          Funny thing is, he’s right and it’s idiots like you that allow it to keep on happening

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I couldn’t agree more about the value of the toothbrush!

  9. Christine

    I have always been prone to canker sores along my gum line. I’ve read many articles about possible culprits. One of which was sodium laurel sulfate. I have since switched to organic toothpaste that is flouride free and free of all sulfates. I haven’t had a canker sore since. I did recently notice that a few of my teeth have become sensitive and was curious if after using flouride your whole life and then going without, could that cause sensitivity?

  10. namrata

    I am 23 years and i am stay in mumbai i want your advice how to stop cavity and how to take care my teeth and suggest me which toothpaste,toothbrush and mouthwash use and when i brush so how much quantity use of toothpaste please suggest me

    • Nik

      Don’t eat sugar. Brush with baking soda and water. That’s at least % 80 of it.

  11. Joel Quinn A.

    For the last couple of years I have bee using Kiss my Face Toothpaste because it is Fluoride free.
    I just bought a new tube about a week a go and it says Fluoride free only now there using potassium nitrate with is the same thing as sodium fluoride this is realty pissing me off.

  12. Elizabeth morales

    Thank you for your help and advice

  13. Michaela

    I have had an ongoing dental problem my whole life. My teeth are weak and I have had the most painful tooth aches imaginable. I have brushed my teeth with your normal everyday fluoride tooth paste almost everyday. What I noticed was after brushing my teeth they were more sensitive, prone to crack or break (Yes my teeth just fall apart) or ache. I stopped brushing for a few days to see how my teeth would fare, they were absolutely fine! Not one ache or anything! I told my dentist this and he just shrugged it off and said do not stop brushing your teeth. I don’t know who to talk to about this can you have a fluoride allergy? Or your teeth be resistant to Fluoride? I might throw this in I am 20 and after my son is born I will be getting dentures (Yes dentures at 20) I have had two extractions (One caused by a broken tooth and an abscess and the other just a broken infected tooth) , a tooth completely breaking off so I’m left with broken tooth down to the gum line and a root canal all in 7 months. My dentist gives me super strength fluoride tooth paste and I’ve just stopped using it because my teeth ache after using it. What can I do? What can I use to clean my teeth without them aching? I hope someone can clarify the fluoride dilemma. Thank you!

  14. Gabriella

    I have sensitive teeth and a dry mouth. I used Colgate enamel health and it helped my sensitive teeth, but white film was clogging my mouth! I read it was due to high floride. So, I switched to Sysodine and my mouth stayed really dry. Then I learned how they still animal test and about the fluoride dangers and switched to Tom’s of Maine. I also began oil pulling in the mornins. After about a week, my teeth became so sensitive to wear I would cry whenever I’d drink anything. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    • Kenia

      You need completely fluoride free toothpaste. You should also try Dr. Christopher’s gum powder on Amazon. It will stain your toothbrush but it has worked amazing for me. I just tell people I’m allergic to fluoride to avoid the problem in the first place.

  15. Adriana

    Are there any current scholarly journals referenced covering the topic of fluoride being the main cause of oral related issues?

  16. Therese Schoen

    Tom’s of Maine produces Botanically Bright – a toothpaste without fluoride or SLS. I had been using Brite Smile and liked it, but after reading about the possible complications with fluoride and SLS, I’m going to try Tom’s Botanically Bright, which also has whitening ingredients. Tom lists all of the ingredients/sources for all of his products online.

  17. Grace

    Thank you for your articles. Could you please explain the role of glycerin in these toothpastes? I have read they coat the teeth and prevent reminerialization. Thank you

  18. joyce busby

    there is a fluoride free tooth paste:
    Tom’s of Maine, also a mouthwash that is fluoride free from the same company (Tom’s of Maine).

  19. Wendy

    I was just diagnosed with periodontal disease. Which of the two toothpastes mentioned in your article would be a better choice? Do you have any other suggestions that I could avoid scaling and root planing?

    • Katie

      Waaay late on this one, but this is for everybody:
      Use baking soda & hydrogen peroxide for periodontal disease.
      Years ago I read an in-depth article in a DENTAL PROVIDERS magazine about dental practices and cures that dentists don’t recommend because they aren’t money makers for them (or that its too “old school”). It had interviews with various dentists and periodontists, and the peroxide/soda was one thing that was proven and highly recommended. I’ve used it when my gums would get inflamed and I can say it WORKS.
      For inflammation pack the soda on the gums and keep it on for as long as you can as many times you can stand it each day. If you brush with it, just dampen the powder with the peroxide and gently brush teeth and gums-at a leisurely pace. Don’t swallow it. The small amount of peroxide shouldn’t hurt you at all. It also stated to rinse with the peroxide but I never did it and am not sure (don’t remember) what ratio or other components would be used.
      Remember, before they had manufactured toothpaste most people used baking soda to clean their mouths!

      • Tamara

        For those with silver amalgam fillings who can’t afford to get them out, what should they use if they have periodontal disease? I have those damn filings and my dentist and assistants were annoyed that I thought they were toxic. I read an article that said hydrogen peroxide can cause those fillings to leech the mercury in them. Is there anything else one can use besides hydrogen peroxide?

        Worse thing is, I have also been grinding my teeth for years, which means I would have ground the fillings too. So yes, they ARE dangerous for me if that is the case. I can’t believe they didn’t think of that, even though they had just pointed out that I had ground my teeth to the dentin…. I guess they were too busy defending their position on thinking the amalgam fillings safe that they didn’t think of it. Sigh.

  20. Julia


    My mother is overseas and wants to get the toothbrush you recommend, Philips Sonicare Essence HX 5351/46 Power Toothbrush, but cannot get that particular model (Amazon in her country offers other Philips Sonicare models). Is another model ok or is there something particular about this one that you recommend it?

    If the one you recommend is the one my mother should get, I can ship it to her myself if necessary.

    I received your book – thanks for your good work.


  21. Sherri

    Very interesting article. I have read about this many times articles.
    I have a symptom I wonder if anyone has had it.
    It is a metallic taste in my mouth & it feels kind of dry.

    • arshadkhan

      I study your comment you are good decide to the people

  22. Rosa Belmont

    Hi Vivian thank you so much for all this information. I have a question most of my teeth and molars are not my own? I have bridges most of my upper teeth and the only molars that are mine they have fillings already and if I don’t use sensodyne tooth paste than my teeth will be hurting all day. What do you recommend for me to use instead of the sensodyne and also a good mouthwash instead of act sensitive formula. I will get natural tooth paste for my seven year old son with special needs and thanks again God Bless you.

  23. Dottie

    I recently had a bone density test done with bad results. Two years ago the test showed my hip bones to be minus 2.5. A month ago it was minus 7.7 which is much worse then it was 2 years ago. My doctor ordered and I got a PROLIA injection which has to be done every 6 months. Although I have reservations about it I felt I had to do something. what do you thik?

  24. susan capin

    Thanks for all of your research on this fluoride subject. Last year I went in search of a toothpaste w/o
    fluoride and sodium lauryl sulfate. NutriBiotic Dental Gel is made with Grapefruit Seed Extract, Aloe Vera,
    Vit. C & Baking Soda. It is a peppermint flavor. When I have finished the tube, I will try one of your recommendations.
    I am exercising and doing my best to maintain a proper alkaline/acidic diet which is more of a challenge since
    I have acid reflux.
    I appreciate all you do, Vivian

    Susan Capin

  25. ANDY

    You make your readers wiser and healthier through the knowledge you share. Keep up the good work.

  26. Joyce Hall

    Glad i’m in the “Save Our Bones” program… Vivian you are a “Bone Saver” or at least a great contributor to strong bones and I thank you again and again… Joyce H.

  27. Joyce Hall

    Hi Vivian, I so muh enjoy your presentaions and writings on research. Both of these are so helpful to me. I know I’m not alone and everytime you open a new subject it is just what I had been trying to get information on. I have read a lot on floride and am happy to be on well water. Funny you should suggest a sonic tooth brush, I was trying to deside “what next” concerning my teeth. I seem to have Bad Breath which i never had before. I think it is a combonation of things but I can’t stand it anymore. My next investment in me,is he the healthy toothpaste and toothbrush. thanks again for your Newsy Notes. I look forward to sharing how n=much improved I will be when my breath smells fresh. As for my bones, I’m working on them daily. My diet is much better and I try to walk between 3&4 miles daily. I’m no yet on a good exercise routine, but am looking forward to adding one to my daily program. Regardless I don’t sit around waitinng for things to improve;I keep moving. Hope all is going well for you too. Thanks Vivian and keep up the good work. Your articles and presentations are great, and so timly. Best regards, Joyccc

  28. Ken Bild

    I want to ask regarding your comment about Fluoride. From studies and journal paper I read, such as “Griffin SO, Regnier E, Griffin PM, Huntley V (2007). “Effectiveness of fluoride in preventing caries in adults”. J. Dent. Res. 86 (5): 410–5″, they show how fluoride works effectively in preventing cavities.

    Also, the fluoride content of a 200gram toothpaste is around 0.64 g, which is well below the toxicity limit for adult (1-10g). I do understand that if you accidentally “eat” the whole tube of toothpaste, it might proven to be lethal. However, as you are only using a bit of toothpaste every time, I don’t really understand your reason to say that it is dangerous.

    Furthermore, as you might have know, all our food from plants and animals, contains fluoride due to absorption from water or soil. The fluoride contents in those we eat might as well be higher than the toothpaste we used. Thanks

    • Ruth

      I have recently read a remarkable book
      “The Healthy Home” by David and Dr. Myron Wentz.

      Among the Dr.’s credits, he holds a Ph.D in microbiology with a specialty in immunology from the University of Utah, he founded Gull Laboratories and developed the test for Epstein-Barr virus.

      In the book they discuss fluoride.
      “Fluorine, better known as fluoride, is the most electronegative and reactive of all the elements. It binds tenaciously to other elements and compounds, preventing them from entering into other chemical reactions. The presence of just one fluoride atom in any size molecule can totally change its nature and function. Fluoride has the ability to poison even the strongest of the body’s enzyme systems”.

      The discussion continues by relating how poisonous fluoride is and how it is absorded through the mouth, respritory tract, and skin.

      ” In addition to bone brittleness, skeletal and dental fluorosis, fluoride damage due to molecular displacement extends to cells of the brain, liver, kidney, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, blood vessels, skin and thyroid.”

      That is only part of the total account in the book. I hope everyone takes heed and tries to avoid added fluoride at all cost.
      We drink osmosis filtered water as it is the only sure way to eliminate it from our town water which of course is fluoridated.

      Check this book out it’s a good read.

  29. sheila

    Dear Vivian, Many thanks for all the intersting and helpful information. I hope I will be able to find an answer to my sore mouth.I have been aware of SLS and flouride tried to avoid them, but now with all this new informtion I have some hope. sheila

    • Therese

      Hi Sheila,

      Try Tom’s of Maine Botanically Bright toothpaste, which is supposed to contain no SLS or flouride.


  30. Jacqueline

    I just bought the Kiss My Face organic tooth paste (no fluoride) but what about drinking water. Should I be drinking spring water or distilled water?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I recommend drinking distilled water, Jacqueline. I explain why in detail in The Osteoporosis Reversal Program, and I discussed some of the reasons in Question #3 here: Your ‘Ask Vivian Week’ Answers

  31. Pauline Grant

    This is most informative. I’ll have to change my toothpaste, for sure. I alternate between manual and electric toothbrushes, but as soon as I’m able to, I’ll invest in a Philips Sonicare Essence.
    Thank you, VIvian!

  32. Dee

    Hi Ralph, Where do you buy 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide ? Dee

  33. Genny Krivyan

    Fill very abset and sad I stoped taking Actonel & month ago My bone density droped 6% I do exs every day eat good diet But my calcium is on my spine not on my bone (calcification) Any good suggest ? Thank you Genny

  34. Renee Taylor

    What about using Arm and Hammer baking soda to brush my teeth….??
    thank you…..

  35. Karen

    Just recently I had my six month check-up and had to have a cavity filled. After my dentist was finished I was advised that I was showing on two different teeth the beginning of cavities. She advised me that I should start using a prescription strength fluoride & calcium phosphate paste to be applied each night before retiring for the rest of my life to prevent a filling. She said she’d welcome literature backed only by scientists if I chose to go homeopathic as she put it. She would not look at any other articles on resisting using fluoride. Needless to say I won’t be using her advise on the paste. When things like this happens it makes one have a lower opinion of a schooled Doctor. She’s only been out of school 5 years. Don’t they ever question where their information comes from before they advise us or what about themselves or their families?

  36. Linda Meyer

    Trust mouth rinses such as ACT are equally as bad then. My dentist recommended rinsing with ACT before bed (after flossing and brushing). Sounds like this is not a good idea. Some toothpastes I have used actually cause the tissue inside my mouth to shed — it’s really weird. Anyway, thanks for the heads up.

  37. George

    I am so impressed for what I have heard about the effect of sodium flouride and tap water on our teeth and health.However,within a month I had to change my toothbrush twice cuz the bristle wasn’t effective.Not giving the fact that it was a cheap one too.So,I really don’t know how to get rid of this problem.Because of this I do suffer bleeding at times not frequent and gum soar too.But never knew the cause of it.Please,Vivian I wish to have your idea on what I should do to exonerate myself and family from such problems.Thanks in advance.

  38. Geraldene

    Thanks Vivian for that warning. For some time we have been using a toothpaste from India, Neem active toothpaste. The main ingredients are Neem extract, mint flavour and calcium carbonate.

  39. Nu Ly

    Great information.

    I hardly find the toothpastes without Sodium
    Fluoride. I go to the dentist clean my teeth
    every 3-6 months, it depends after the last
    clean up.

  40. Marie

    I love getting all the emails from Vivian and the save our bones program.
    I took Fosamax for year because the doctor scared me into it and when I got Osteonecrosis of the Jaw, I quit against the doctor’s orders. I found my salvation with the Save the Bones Program and avoid the doctor as much as possible. Following the program , I was able to save my teeth and restore some bone growth in my jaw.

  41. Shula

    Thank you, Vivian


  42. Elaine Schaeffer

    thank you. I have been using tom’s and tom’s mouth wash. It is easier to find then it use to be.

  43. Susan

    Thank you for your recommendations Vivian. Do you also have a recommendation for a good water filter to remove fluoride from tap water?

  44. Renee Martin

    Dear Vivian, It was interesting reading your article about dental care. I was wondering if you could comment on Xylitol toothpastes,mouthwash etc. for the control of plaque build up and dental hygiene.Thanks for all your help Vivian.

  45. Selma

    Thank you for the detailed information.
    I knew flouride was bad for the teeth but the information you provide makes me aware of how it affects our bones.

  46. Roger Mathews

    Dear Vivian, I read the one minute cure about a year ago, I recommend this amazing book. Its all about 35% food grade Hydrogen peroxide.I have been taking it for one year, with amazing results.I make a solution of 3% HP AND MIX A small amount with bread soda to make a tooth paste, I ALSO USE HP food grade 3% as a mouth wash, I HAVE purchaced save your bones book, great stuff, Kindest regards, Roger.

  47. kendra

    what mouth rinse do you recommend?
    many thanks!

  48. Gayl

    Hi Vivian,
    Can you let me know what fluoride free toothpastes are in Australia, and, would the sonic toothbrush be available here as well. Thanks for all your info, it is very enlightening!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Gayl,

      You could try asking at a local health food or vitamin shop to find out what’s available in your area. But the products I recommend in this article can be shipped internationally, so that might work for you. 🙂

  49. Luis A. jimenez

    Vivian i would like to know if you have the book in spanish version save our bones program so i can send to my mother in my country colombia she suffering from osteoporosis degenerativa it may help my mother to have more healty bones tanks.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I’m sorry, Luis, but the program is not currently available in Spanish.

  50. liz

    how to cure gum desease,my gums bleed while brushing

    • Mark


  51. Joan Watson

    I have been invited to attend an educational conference in my home city(Glasgow)for all patients diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia in the last year. I am going to take along my folder of collected articles and recipes to share my new found knowledge with them. I would like to take a information from the Restore video, the 3 Bone Building Principles. Can it be downloaded or be available in a printed copy? I love the simplicity of the presentation and want others to share it too. Thank you for the fantastic information and support. Joan

  52. Sylvia Black

    Thank you for this enlightening article. As a child, living in the English countryside for my early years we only had water from a well until we got connected to the water main. As an adult I moved to a town for employment where the water was processed river water with all the chemicals etc added to it. Just over 6 months ago my husband and I moved house to a property which is supplied by its own spring water which is filtered and passed by UV light to kill any germs but has no additives so I hope to see improvements in my old age!!! As for tooth paste, I rarely use it, just a brush since I have very few natural teeth left.

  53. Cheryl Ritts


    PLEASE…I am 68 yrs. old and my teeth need whitening. I have bought whitening types of toothpaste, but with no results. What would you suggest for stained teeth? Thank you.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Cheryl,

      You can try adding a pinch of baking soda to your toothpaste. It’s safe to repeat this application twice a day for as long as needed.

  54. Lee

    Neem,an ayurvedic herb is also good for teeth and can be purchased in toothpaste. I buy neem leaves and grind them with a little salt and rub it onto gums. Take care, Lee.

  55. Kay

    Glad to read your post about dental health.

    Dr. Gerard Judd’s research about good teeth and good dental health for life is readily available on the net. (Just google his name).
    He says that you can even use just plain old soap; he , too, strongly warns against fluoride.
    He also suggests taking a very small amount of monosodium phosphate powder – maybe 1/8 tsp daily, and also vitamin C. Do you know anything about monosodium phosphate in very small amounts used to help teeth? I have tried to research it myself, and not come up with an adequate amount of information on it, although you might notice that several natual product retailers sell it on the net for a health supplement.

  56. Claudia

    I had a dental hygienist recommend to brush without paste. She said that gets your teeth cleaner, and I think she is right. I don’t see the need to brush with anything. But I still had tarter that had to be cleaned off every six months. When I got a sore in my mouth, a friend introduced me to a web site called “oil pulling”. Basically you swish vegetable oil in your mouth in the morning( 3 or 4 times a week) for 15 minutes and then spit it out, and it is supposed to pull toxins out of your body. It did not help with the sore (a root canal did that), but it has helped with the tarter and my gums. Last dental visit the hygienist said I had less tarter than usual, and the dentist said my gums looked very good. I have never heard him say that in the 12 years I have gone there.

  57. Loretta

    “Burt’s Bees” products added a natural toothpaste to their line. It comes in Multicare (flouride-free) or in a Whitening (with flouride) version. They also have toothpaste especially for kids. There’s information about these products at I bought a Multicare and a Whitening to try and find them gentle and leave my teeth clean. Weaning myself from the flouride, especially after Vivian’s newsletter. I bought these in my local grocery and also saw them at WalMart.
    Thank you for the information, Vivian!

  58. John

    Great article with lots of info .I’ll have to go out and find a sonic toothbrush and better toothpaste to protect my health and family members .

  59. Carol Cook

    I have been using Tom’s of Maine for sensitive teeth for some time now on Vivian’s recommendation but now, under inactive ingredients, is listed sodium lauryl sulfate. I know this wasn’t in the toothpaste when I first started using it. Is there anything else on the market for sensitive teeth without the sulfate or fluoride?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Carol,

      The Kiss My Face Aloe toothpaste I mention in the article is great for sensitive teeth.

    • Suzanne Cranston

      I am currently using something i found in the health food store from….fluoride and sodium laurel sulfate free. I used to use Toms of Maine, but they got bought, you know- too bad.

    • Loretta

      The Burts Bees toothpaste I mention in a separate comment does not have SLS or fluoride.

  60. M.E. Wilcox

    Through several decades I have encountered various doctors that cautioned me about the dangers of fluoride. I grew up using a mix of salt & soda for brushing my teeth and now have used a fluoride-free tooth paste for 25 years. I am 49 years old and never have cavities. I was taught that cavities are caused by eating too many sweets and not brushing regularly. My 102 year old grandmother died with all her teeth in tact; she never had cavities but brushed and flossed several times a day. Fluoride did not exist in the tap water and toothpaste throughout much of her life.

  61. Jaroslav

    For sensitive teeth I have to use toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate. So far I did not find any toothpaste, which would contain potassium nitrate and not have fluorite. Any suggestion? Thank you very much.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Jaroslav,

      As I told Carol, the Kiss My Face Aloe toothpaste I talk about in the article is great for sensitive teeth, and it does contain potassium nitrate.

  62. Dana

    An interesting book to read reat read “Money By The Mouthful.” “The main point that is made is that in his dental practice, he would test saliva for lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria. When a patient would first come in, the levels would uniformly be skyhigh. After practicing better oral hygeine, it would come down to under 8000 ppm and after this there was NO MORE tooth decay or problems!!! It really is that easy. Another very helpful add-on to flushing this bacteria from your mouth is an oral irrigator like a waterpik. I now have a Ora-Tec irrigator, and brush with Eco-Dent and dip my tooth brush in peroxide made for the mouth.

  63. paula

    It really infuriates me that our FDA knows all the info. in your article, but has been dragging its feet for years. Do they really have our health as a priority. I can’t find a filter that filters out fluoride? Anyone know of one?
    Off to buy a sonic toothbrush!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Paula,

      Countertop distillers and reverse osmosis filters filter out fluoride.

  64. colette kellerman

    I have taken crest and listerine for way over ten yrs. and have not had one cavity since. I get checked twice a year. So I’m a little confused about the fluoride. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis about 6 yrs ago and took actonel for about 5 yrs. Then I got off it when I read your articles. Doctor said I had minimal improvement in bone density. So I said I’m quitting actonel. Please let me know more. Thanks!!

  65. Rose

    Hi Vivian,
    I loved your article on the affects of floride and your health. I wish that our government would step in and warn the public about these chemicals and how they affect our health, but they don’t. Why?????

  66. Gerri D.

    I’m so glad I read this article,I have been in the market for a Sonic toothbrush for a long time.Thank you for making up my mind. It’s like having an old friend give you some really good advice.

  67. Nicola Freeman

    I have been using a great product which is herbal and flouride free for several years and my teeth are in great condition! Available from Himalaya Herbals

  68. Veronica

    Great article, Vivian. Indeed…I have found effective toothpaste that is Flouride-free and SLS-free in our local health food store. “Look mom – no cavities” has been the theme each time I go to my dentist. Just ‘google’ “flouride-free and SLS-free toothpaste” and you’ll see a couple of online vitamin sites that sell it too. Your are right on the money, Vivian. Keep up the good work on our behalf.

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