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Fluoride is a mineral

Fluoride is a mineral found naturally in water and food. When it comes to health, fluoride has a number of advantages. Although studies have shown that it can help strengthen bone density, it is best known for its use in preventing tooth decay.

  • It is added to a wide range of dental products, such as toothpaste and mouthwash; it is given to children in the form of drops or tablets; and it is frequently added to public water supplies. Fluoride helps strengthen and harden the tooth enamel.
  • Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about its usage, particularly in terms of water supply. People must educate themselves to better distinguish between myth and fact when it comes to the health of their teeth.

Myth 1: Drinking fluoridated water will cause fluorosis.

Fact: Fluorosis develops when a person consumes excessive amounts of fluoride. The amount of fluoride added to drinking water is at a level that is associated with a very low risk of fluorosis.

Myth 2: Fluoride is dangerous.

Fact: Fluoride has not been linked to cancer, heart disease, kidney problems, or other health problems, according to extensive scientific research.

Myth 3: Fluoridated water has no effect on tooth decay.

Fact: Fluoridation helps reduce tooth decay in both adults and children.

Myth 4: Fluoride is not naturally occurring.

Fact: Fluoride is naturally present in all water supplies in varying concentrations. It can also be found in rocks, minerals, and certain foods.

Myth 5: Fluoridated water is ineffective.

Fact: Fluoride not only strengthens your teeth, but it can also help prevent tooth decay and tooth loss in the future.

Myth 6: Fluoride is harmful to children.

Fact: Fluoride is not considered dangerous to children when used as directed. Drinking fluoridated water not only helps teeth grow stronger, but it can also help prevent future tooth decay and loss.

Myth 7: Using fluoridated toothpaste can cause too much fluoride.

Fact: Fluoride appears to be beneficial when applied topically to teeth via toothpaste or dentist-applied gels.

  • Excessive consumption can result in dental fluorosis. Mild dental fluorosis appears as fine white lines or flecking on the tooth surface. Severe fluorosis can cause the enamel of the tooth to become pitted or discolored.
  • With so much information available online, it can be difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction. Fortunately, numerous studies have shown that fluoridated water and fluoride dental products are both safe and effective. Speak with us if you are concerned about your dental health and want to learn more about fluoride. We would be delighted to answer any questions you may have.