Here is a big topic... Fluoride
by: Dental Assistant Team
My opinion on fluoride is the truth is in the middle; but let's take a closer look at fluoride.
The use of fluoride, and particularly fluoridation of drinking water, has been publicized for the last few decades as a huge boon to dental health. Dental societies and public health agencies have eagerly promoted water fluoridation as one of the most beneficial public health policies ever introduced.
So what about all these scary warnings on toothpaste you might ask. Well, first, let's distinguish between the two ways fluoride is commonly used: ingested and topically applied.
The main concern is with the ingestion of fluoride as in fluoridated drinking water or fluoride supplements. Fluoride rinses, gels or varnishes, topically applied to the teeth, are of much less concern in my opinion. As long as the person is of proper age and can avoid swallowing the product, there may be some benefit to the use of topically applied fluoride. I grew up drinking tap water, was given fluoride supplements throughout my entire childhood and, frankly, I feel very fortunate, at 42 to have very strong teeth and have had very small restoration in my mouth. I am convinced that my early fluoride intake played a big part of it.
As a mother, a dental assistant, and very holistic person, I pay a lot of attention to what I eat, drink, or ingest in any way. I plan to live a long healthy life, as free as possible of ailment that can harm my overall health and my family's. I gave my child bottled water and we drink filtered water today, but we do use fluoride toothpaste, and do not swallow it. I continue to give my child fluoride treatment once a year, however, I truly respect anyone choosing not to use any fluoride at all.
Today we have many fluoride-free products that strengthen and repair tooth enamel better than fluoride with zero toxicity. As I mentioned above, the truth is in the middle and some of you might be strongly advised to stay away from fluoride for other medical reason, it is good to live in our era and have choices!
If you have any questions about fluoride, address them to us at your next visit, we will be glad to guide you through understanding your choices and alternatives when it comes to fluoride.
If you have any questions regarding this post, contact us at: 561-265-1998 , one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
Article date: Jun. 26 2013
Type: Tooth Decay And Cavities
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County