Use of Fluoride for Teeth - Myths and Facts

Use of Fluoride for Teeth - Myths and Facts

Posted by LAKEVIEW DENTAL CLINIC on Mar 28 2022, 03:06 AM

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has several benefits including preventing tooth decay and strengthening tooth enamel. Despite its many health benefits, there are also several myths related to fluoride. 

Our team of dental experts at Lakeview Dental Clinic in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, is dedicated to providing you with the best and most comfortable dental treatments. This article talks about the various myths and facts relating to the use of fluoride for teeth.

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in water and food. Best known for its ability to protect against tooth decay, many studies have also found it effective in strengthening bone density. 

Fluoride is also found in a variety of dental products, such as toothpaste and mouth rinses as it helps to treat tooth plaque, mild gingivitis, and weak enamel.

In some areas, sodium fluoride is added to the water supply so that the body receives the necessary intake. Children also are often prescribed fluoride in the form of tablets or topical treatments to strengthen their teeth. 

Busting Fluoride Myths

Below are some of the common myths concerning fluoride and the facts that will help you understand its true benefits:

  • Fluoride Should Not Be Present in Drinking Water

Fluoride is naturally found in water but the amount naturally present in water is not sufficient to protect the teeth.

  • Fluoride Is Harmful to Children

If used appropriately, fluoride is not harmful to anyone. Drinking fluoridated water strengthens your enamel and prevents tooth loss in the future. Getting enough fluoride during childhood is necessary to strengthen the teeth and aid in their development.

  • Adding Fluoride to Drinking Water Is Expensive

Adding fluoride to drinking water is the least expensive way of treating tooth decay. It is a cost-effective method of enhancing the dental health of a community.

  • Drinking Fluoridated Water Can Cause Fluorosis

Fluorosis can only happen when a person consumes a high amount of fluoride. When it does happen, almost all cases are of mild fluorosis. Mild fluorosis is painless and does not affect the functioning and health of the teeth.

  • Fluoride Present in Toothpaste Is Enough

The quantity of fluoride present in toothpaste is insufficient to protect your teeth. Studies have found that communities using both fluoride toothpaste and fluoridated water have a lower rate of tooth decay than the ones that only use fluoride toothpaste.

For more information on the benefits of fluoride for teeth, contact Lakeview Dental Clinic by calling (208) 664-0884 or visit the office located at 801 Milwaukee Dr., Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814. 

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