Fluoride has become one of the most controversial topics today. You can find information about it almost everywhere—from the internet, to books, and even word of mouth. Some will tell you that it’s a dangerous chemical linked to negative health effects, while others will claim that it’s an important element for strong teeth and bones, and is safe for consumption at a recommended dosage.
This article covers all you need to know about fluoride but this doesn’t mean that you should not discuss with a reputable North Huntingdon dentist regarding the use of dental products containing fluoride, and weather they are recommended for you.
So without further ado, the following are some of the most common myths and facts surrounding the use of fluoride:
Myth: Fluoridated Water Is Linked To Cancer
While it may be true that high levels of fluoride have been linked to osteosarcoma in lab mice, it’s important to note that these levels were up to 1000 times higher than the recommended daily intake.
The same cannot be said for humans, though. Even with a bit more than the recommended daily intake, there have been no links between fluoride intake and cancer. In fact, many studies suggest that fluoride intake may help prevent certain types of cancer, especially those that are related to poor dental health.
Myth: Fluoride Products Are Not Natural
Fluoride is a natural mineral that may come from different sources, including water and soil. In fact there are also many foods and drinks that contain fluoride. Some examples include tea and coffee, certain seafood, grapes, and raisins.
Fact: Fluoride Helps Prevent Cavities
When you drink water containing fluoride, or brush your teeth with a toothpaste with fluoride, the fluoride is absorbed by your teeth and then incorporated into their structure. This makes them stronger and more resistant to acids and other substances that can cause tooth decay. As a result, the chances of developing cavities are significantly reduced.
Fact: There Are Also Risks Associated With Fluoride Consumption
There are a number of potentially harmful side effects that may occur if you consume too much fluoride, including damage to the thyroid gland, or dental fluorosis (which is a cosmetic issue causing teeth spotting). The possible risk of developing fluorosis is the one that has received the most attention in recent years, because it is thought to be caused by the increase in the use of fluoridated toothpaste on young children, before their teeth have erupted.
With a lot of details online, it might be hard to separate facts from fiction. To make sure you get accurate advice it is always recommended to talk with your dentist. Choosing the right products to take care of your teeth is a part of a good oral routine so you should not base your decision on random recommendations found online.
Be mindful of how you take care of your teeth and teach your kids to do the same from a young age. Without a thorough understanding of the importance of dental care, you may end up with tooth decay and in need of cosmetic treatments such as crowns, bridges or dental implants.