Is Fluoride Good Or Bad For You?

Posted on June 20, 2017 in Dental Procedures

You’ve probably heard many myths about fluoride: It’s toxic, fluoride is bad for children, fluoride causes cancer. So, what’s the deal? Is fluoride actually harmful, or are the myths all hype?

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a natural mineral found throughout the earth’s crust and also contained in some food and water supplies. To protect communities, fluoride is also often added to drinking water. Studies have repeatedly shown that when this occurs, tooth decay in the region decreases. For this reason, fluoride in water supplies has been endorsed by the American Dental Association, the World Health Organization, and the American Medical Association.

Fluoride is also added to many toothpastes and applied topically at a dental office to strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent decay by bacteria. When fluoride is absorbed into the enamel, it repairs it by replenishing lost calcium and phosphorous in a process called remineralization. In addition, fluoride decreases the effectiveness of bacteria, which, in turn, decreases cavities. Not only is the use of fluoride recommended by dental professions, toothpastes with fluoride enjoy the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

What Are the Most Common Myths About Fluoride?

The most common myths we hear about fluoride are the following:

So worry not! The fluoride in your water and toothpaste is not dangerous. On the contrary, fluoride supports oral health and decreases your chances of tooth decay.

Our final thoughts on this issue? We recommend that both you and your children brush with a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste twice a day, floss daily, and visit us twice a year for a checkup. We also recommend a fluoride varnish treatment be applied for both children AND adults a minimum of once per year during your routine dental visits. That’s the recipe for a bright, healthy smile!