So what is Fluoride?  Why does my dentist recommend my child and I get this gooey foam and paste each time I get my teeth cleaned?  You may have heard news stories about fluoride, probably some positive, and probably some not so positive.  So what should you do?  To be able to make an informed decision, let’s try to get a basic understanding of what Fluoride is.

Fluoride Decay PreventionFluoride is all natural!  It’s a tiny ion that occurs naturally in many rocks and in most water sources.  And it’s one of the elements listed on the periodic table of elements, abbreviated as Fl-. Studies have shown that when your teeth is exposed to Fluoride in low level quantities, it strengths your teeth.  The outer enamel layer of your teeth becomes more resistant to tooth decay.

Studies have also shown when fluoride is ingested in small amounts, the enamel of the teeth are able to be continuously strenghted, and even more resistant to cavities.  This reasoning is why some communities have added Fl- to its drinking water.  It’s actually one of the best and most cost effective to decrease risk of cavities.  I would recommend you check to see if the water in your community is fluoridated (low levels of added flouride); if not, check with your phyisician to see if a flouride supplement is right for you.

Of course, too much of anything is not good anyone: excessive exercise can wear out your body; eating too many carrots can cause your skin to turn orange. The same holds for Fluoride; excessive Fluoride can have a negative effect of tooth mottling.  But rest assured the Fl- your dentist applies during your checkup/cleaning visit is at just the right sufficient small quantity to help strengthen your teeth.

The American Dental Association has a very thorough and informative article on Fluroide.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

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