There are studies that raise concerns about the use of fluoride and the pituitary gland. Research shows that fluoride causes issues with this important endocrine gland that is responsible for playing a major role in regulating vital body functions and general well-being.
The pineal gland is referred to as the body’s ‘master gland’ because it controls the activity of most other hormone-secreting glands.
Sometimes, fluoride can lead to low levels of thyroid hormones. This causes the pituitary gland to release more thyroid-stimulated hormone (TSH), which can cause health complications.
Iodine is responsible for proper thyroid function.
However, fluoride can interfere with iodine’s ability to produce hormones in the thyroid gland.
If the body cannot produce enough thyroid hormones, a person can develop hypothyroidism.
The endocrine system comprises various organs and structures in the body that produce hormones.
These hormone chemicals act as messengers across the body and influence the function of other organs and structures.
Fluoride affects two glands in the endocrine system: the pituitary and pineal glands. This can have various hormonal effects:
Despite having many possible effects on the endocrine system, dentists and health promotions say that fluoride has its place in keeping people healthy.
This is a fact I would argue strongly against.
Fluoride is NOT an essential nutrient and nobody dies from fluoride deficiency and your teeth do not rot and get cavities because you don’t have fluoride.
Fluoride may affect hormones that the pituitary gland releases.
These communicate back to the pituitary gland to stop making TSH, controlling how much T3 and T4 the thyroid releases.
According to researchers, fluoride may reduce the production of T3 and T4. It interferes with iodine’s ability to produce these hormones in the thyroid gland, which can cause a condition called hypothyroidism.
With low levels of T3 and T4, people may experience:
However, in a 2018 study, researchers found that higher fluoride exposure did not result in higher TSH levels.
People with both high fluoride levels and low iodine levels tend to have higher levels of TSH. So, having adequate iodine levels in the body may bypass the effect of fluoride on the pituitary gland.
Fluoride accumulates in the pineal gland, which is at the center of the brain’s two halves. This small gland produces melatonin, a hormone that has an important role in establishing sleep patterns.
Some experts suggest that by accumulating in the pineal gland, fluoride stops the production of melatonin.
However, few studies exist to confirm the effect of fluoride on melatonin and sleep patterns.In one 2019 study, researchers explored whether high exposure to fluoride is associated with changes in sleep patterns in adolescents. The results suggest that increases in people’s exposure to fluoride through drinking water elevated the risk of sleep disturbances such as sleep apnea.
Higher fluoride exposure also affected weekday bedtime and wake time. Adolescents in the study reported getting to sleep 24 minutes later and getting out of bed about 26 minutes later.
However, despite the possible effect on different hormones, doctors and dentists still recommend fluoride due to its purported benefits for tooth health.
In my opinion, this is a grave mistake – especially when nutrition, Vitamin D and K2 supplementation and the use of a hydroxyapatite toothpaste are far more beneficial and effective without the harmful impacts on the endocrine system.
I know it might be surprising for a dentist to say people don’t need fluoride, I stand by my beliefs here.
The development of nano-hydroxyapatite toothpaste has completely eliminated the need for even prescription-strength fluoride toothpastes and varnishes.
This toxin was introduced into public water supplies throughout the second half of the 20th century and is currently present in the public water here in Brisbane.
However, there is little to no research supporting its claimed ability to prevent cavities when ingested.
Additionally, consuming fluoride via tap water and other sources leads to many dangers, including fluorosis, cancer risk, brain/central nervous system damage, and various disease risks.
Ultimately, we’ve missed the real discussion of the root cause of cavities when we put the focus on using fluoride. To truly prevent and reverse cavities, the best practices you can follow are:
That’s what we’re all about here at Evolve Dental Healing not only having the right conversations about dental and oral health, but sometimes changing the conversation.
As a holistic dental practice, our goal is to help you fill years not teeth and live a long and healthy life.