Fluoride: the Myths and Facts
There are many myths and misconceptions about fluoride, which can make it difficult to know what to believe. However, it is important to separate fact from fiction in order to make informed decisions about oral health. Here are some of the most common myths about fluoride, along with the facts that you need to know.
Myth: Fluoride is a toxic chemical that can be harmful to your health.
Fact: Although fluoride is a naturally occurring element, it is present in very small amounts in the human body. In fact, fluoride is so safe that it is added to many public water supplies in order to help prevent tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has even named community water fluoridation one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century.
Myth: Fluoride is only effective at preventing cavities in children.
Fact: Although fluoride is most effective at preventing cavities in children, it can also be beneficial for adults. In fact, fluoride helps to remineralise teeth and reverse early signs of tooth decay. It can also help to reduce the risk of developing cavities and gum disease.
Myth: You can get too much fluoride from using fluoridated tooth
So, what’s the verdict? Is fluoride good for our teeth or not? The answer is a little more complicated than a simple yes or no. It seems that fluoride can be beneficial when used topically on teeth- but too much of it can actually lead to dental fluorosis. And while there may be some benefits to systemic ingestion of fluoride in small doses, there are also potential risks associated with it. Ultimately, the decision about whether to use fluoride and how much is up to each individual and their dentist- so contact us today if you have any questions!
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