Importance of Fluoride for Your Teeth
Widespread fluoride supplementation in the public water supplies has triggered some controversy. However, studies regarding fluoridation have consistently revealed that the benefits of fluoride far outweigh any potential risks. Dr. Frame, dentist in Santa Clara, explains.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been shown to stop bacterial growth by interfering with their reproductive cycles. This means that people who use fluoride may be better able to control oral bacteria and reduce their risk of certain dental diseases. Additionally, fluoride helps harden tooth enamel, which can decrease the incidence of tooth decay. Hundreds of studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of fluoride when used as a part of an overall dental hygiene routine. Some have revealed an incredible 30 percent decrease in cavities in areas with fluoridated water.
No reliable peer-reviewed study has demonstrated any serious negative effects from fluoridation. However, excess fluoride intake can lead to stained or discolored teeth. These discolorations can be cosmetically unappealing, but they do not affect the structure, function or health of your teeth.
If you and your family regularly use bottled water, you may not be getting all the benefits of fluoride. Use fluoride toothpaste when you brush twice a day, and consider adding a fluoridated mouthwash to your regimen. Regular dental checkups are also important to your dental health and give you a great opportunity to learn more about fluoride supplementation. We may recommend topical fluoride treatments to help keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Contact our dental office today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.
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