Fluoride is a topic that is often discussed and can be controversial. You’ve likely heard arguments from both sides--is it beneficial or unnecessary for your health?
Fluoride, found in soil, water, and food, is an abundant and common mineral in the environment. The synthetic form of fluoride, on the other hand, is added as an enhancement to water supply and dental products.
For instance, there are several products containing fluoride, such as toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss. According to the American Dental Association, fluoride protects and prevents at least 25 percent of tooth decay.
Most importantly, using fluoride can spare you the time and expense of costly dental procedures to restore decayed or damaged teeth.
The ability of fluoride to form higher-quality enamel ensures greater resistance to acidity, helping to prevent tooth decay.
In addition, fluoride helps reduce plaque-producing bacteria from forming. Ultimately, fluoride protects and strengthens tooth enamel along with promoting good oral health.
As always, all substances should be consumed in moderation. Side effects of ingesting too much fluoride include temporary white spots on the teeth. However, the amount of fluoride in water and dental products is regulated, ensuring that they are safe to use.
Simply put, fluoride doesn’t pose a threat to your health when used correctly. Rather, it protects your oral health by preventing cavities.
If you are concerned about fluoride treatments at the dentist, please let us know and we will discuss ways for you to protect your teeth and the benefits of fluoride. You can protect your teeth by using products at home that contain fluoride.
Ready to schedule a dental checkup? Call us at 316.721.2024 to set up your next dental appointment with our team of caring hygienists and dentists.