Fluoride – Common Myths
The use of fluoride can be a controversial topic that ignites strong emotions. Many adults and parents worry about the overuse of fluoride which can cause fluorosis. However, fluorosis has a mild cosmetic effect on the teeth and does not cause health concerns. Using fluoride should be a part of your everyday routine to reduce the risk of cavities. Below are a few corrected myths that you may have heard about fluoride.
Myth: Fluoride is only for Children.
Fact: Fluoride can help anyone, at any age prevent cavities.
Fluoride, which is commonly nicknamed “nature’s cavity fighter”, works to prevent tooth decay by strengthening the tooth’s enamel. This is beneficial at any age.
Myth: Fluoride is only in toothpaste.
Fact: Water, dental products, and toothpaste all contain fluoride.
Fluoride is found in many products around you from public drinking water to dental gels. Infusing fluoride into city water is a cost-effective way to prevent widespread tooth decay among a community.
Myth: Natural drinking water does not contain fluoride.
Fact: All water contains fluoride. City water fluoridation is the process of adding fluoride into the public water supply to reduce cavity development in a population.
Fluoride is a natural nutrient found in water, however, water does not usually contain enough to significantly protect the health of our teeth. Drinking fluoride everyday incorporates this nutrient into your saliva. When your saliva washes over your teeth, it strengthens the tooth enamel, therefore preventing tooth decay.
Myth: Brushing your teeth is the most effective way to prevent tooth decay.
Fact: Fluoride, brushing, and flossing your teeth is the best way to hinder tooth decay.
Starting with your first tooth, you should brush your teeth twice a day every day for two minutes each. However, using fluoride in your toothpaste and drinking water can further prevent tooth decay. Actually, water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by 25%.
Adding fluoride into your routine through toothpaste with fluoride or water fluoridation is an easy way to protect your teeth from tooth decay. For more information or to receive a fluoride treatment from Dr. Shigley at Palmetto Oral and Facial Surgery call (864)-714-1800 today!