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Is Fluoride Harmful?

In today’s article, we shall speak a little bit about fluoride and how it developed. It is common knowledge that fluoride is a great help for our teeth, making tooth decay even harder to develop. And even still, it has had its share of controversy!

We aim to help and improve the knowledge of our patients and visitors in any way we can, as this will lead to better oral habits in the end.


What is fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that is in water naturally, but by a very small amount. This mineral helps against tooth decay in children and adults alike, and helps our teeth remineralize!

This is possible because when fluoride comes in contact with your teeth, it is absorbed by the enamel, with this, all calcium and phosphorous lost is replenished naturally.

Our teeth have always been in a constant stage of demineralization and remineralization, so with its help it is much easier to maintain a strong and healthy set of teeth.


Fluoride controversy

The opposition of adding fluoride to water supplies started in the 1940s, when the whole thing began. And although there was no definite proof back then of its benefits or disadvantages, it was normal for everybody to either overstate the benefits as well as the risks.

Nowadays we have had studies comparing areas with and without water fluoridation, and the results are plenty. Back then, the people who oppose water fluoridation would argue that it would be too costly, when in the long run this has shown to be more efficient. Overall because it reduced the cases of tooth decay in children and adults alike.

So far, fluoride has no relation to most of the concerns that are around, such as: allergies, cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and renal disorders.


Where can I find fluoride?

Knowing how it benefits all of us in the long run, you would normally want to include it in your diet. Here are some ways to include it:


Tap water

It is very likely that your tap water has been fluoridated. This is done by adding a small amount into the water supplies, which is usually for the ideal amount of 1 ppm (part per million).

So by just ingesting regular water at home, you are improving your teeth’s remineralization process. Of course that you must not lay down the brushing and flossing habits, as only drinking water will not remove the plaque produced by bacteria.


Toothpastes and mouthwashes

There are also the different brands of toothpastes and mouthwashes. Usually the toothpastes include the mineral, but that is not always the case for the mouthwashes. When you pick a mouthwash, make sure to read the different labels. This will help you see if it benefits tooth decay. You can find these products at very cheap prices in Los Algodones pharmacies!


Bottled water

This greatly depends from brand to brand, though they usually do not contain fluoride. When you mostly drink your water from bottled water brands, chances are you are missing out on the recommended amounts. If that is the case, you can consult with your dentist, where they might suggest a fluoride treatment or supplement.


Office treatments

If you have really high risk of cavities and tooth decay, then you may opt for a fluoride treatment. Treatments include foam fluoride or fluoride gel, which are applied on your teeth and left to act for a minute. Depending on which you get, you are not recommended to eat or drink anything for a small amount of time, as that would wash away the treatment. Here in Los Algodones we offer these services and more, so feel free to contact us for the cheapest prices!

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