What is Fluoride? And How Can It Benefit Your Family?
You may have heard of fluoride, but what exactly is it? And how can it benefit your family? We’ll break it down in this article.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that is found in all-natural water sources and is the ionic form of the trace element fluorine, which is commonly found in the environment.
Benefits of Fluoride:
When used as directed or within the context of community water fluoridation programs, fluoride is a safe and effective agent that can be used to prevent and control tooth decay, as well as prevent tooth sensitivity.
Common Ways Fluoride Enters Our Body:
Fluoride toothpaste, mouth rinses or gels – These over-the-counter products are safe, and can assist with fighting tooth decay, when used regularly.
Professionally applied mouth rinse, gels, foam or varnish – professionally applied fluoride treatments are more concentrated and applied by Samantha, our hygienist. If a professional treatment is recommended, she will discuss this with you at your next teeth cleaning.
Research shows that fluoride in the water supply, and in over the counter and professionally applied products are safe when used as directed. However, we understand that you may still have questions or concerns. There are some great fluoride alternatives available that will strengthen teeth and prevent decay – such as items with xylitol- found in Spry gum and/or toothpaste. Samantha also recommends an all-natural toothpaste by Boka that has Nano-hydroxyapatite in it to help strengthen the teeth and prevent decay. This product is safe for children.
The American Dental Association (ADA), and Fluoride Use
The ADA recognizes the use of fluoride and community water fluoridation as safe and effective in preventing tooth decay for both children and adults.