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Fluoride Myths and Facts: do you need fluoride?

Fluoride is found in many toothpastes, is present in our drinking water, and many dentists use various types of fluoride solutions and treatments in their practices as part of their preventive care regimens.

But what exactly is fluoride? Is it truly helpful for oral health, and does it have any potentially harmful effects? There are many myths about fluoride, and in this blog, we hope to separate the facts from the fiction concerning this highly beneficial mineral.

Fact 1: Fluoride is natural.

Fluoride isn’t a synthetic chemical or a medication created in a lab. It’s a natural compound/mineral that is known to have protective effects on teeth by reducing the risk of developing cavities.

Myth 1: Fluoride is harmful.

While fluoride can be harmful in very high doses, the amount of fluoride that is present in toothpastes and solutions used at the dentist is not.

Fact 2: Fluoride is found in drinking water.

Adding fluoride to water is an inexpensive and effective way to protect teeth and reduce the incidence of tooth decay in the general population.

Myth 2: Fluoride treatments are unnecessary because it’s found in toothpaste and water.

Fluoride treatments performed at dental offices can help further boost the effectiveness of professional cleanings, brushing and flossing at home, and exposure to fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water.

Fact 3: Fluoride can be safely used by children.

Children can safely drink public water that has been fluoridated, and they can also use both fluoride treatments at the dentist and toothpastes that contain fluoride.

Myth 3: Fluoride-free toothpastes are just as effective as those that contain fluoride.

While using any toothpaste when brushing your teeth is more effective than not doing it at all, fluoride is an important ingredient in toothpaste. Products without fluoride don’t provide the same level of protection against cavities and tooth decay.

Fact 4: Fluoride is tasteless and odourless.

It’s true that tap water may taste different than natural spring water, and tap water can also taste different from city to city. But the different taste and smell are because of other natural compounds. Fluoride is naturally tasteless and odourless, even when added to water.

Myth 4: Fluoride doesn’t work.

An independent panel of 15 experts in various fields related to public health and science reviewed numerous studies concerning fluoride and oral health. They concluded that fluoridation in toothpaste, water, and other sources reduces tooth decay by nearly 30%.

Fluoride Is Just One Part of Good Oral Health

At Abacus Dental Care, we support the usage of fluoride in toothpastes and its addition to water. It’s proven to reduce tooth decay and prevent cavities. However, fluoride alone can’t keep teeth healthy. People also need to brush twice a day, use a form of interdental cleaning, visit their dentist and hygienist regularly every 6 months and limit sugary foods and drinks as much as possible.

Book a Cleaning Today

Staying on top of your oral health means having a good relationship with your dentist and booking 6 monthly cleanings and checkups. If you’re in need of a cleaning or dental exam, we’re here to help. Book your dental appointments today to protect your teeth and preserve your smile.

Dr Sukal Verma

BDS, MJDF RCS (Eng), PG Dip (Implant Dentistry)

If you would like to know more about maintaining your dental health please call Abacus Dental Care on 01908 260757 to arrange your dental appointment with one of our Milton Keynes dentists.

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