Fluoride, Does it Really Help?

Fluoride, does it really help? Fluoride is an important dental tool that can slow or even reverse tooth decay. Your oral hygiene habits, diet and how often you visit the dentist usually determines how much fluoride you need. Some of the main sources of fluoride include are water, toothpaste, mouthwash, food, and professional dental products.

Fluoride is found naturally in water. But in the 1940s, scientists discovered that adding more fluoride to community water sources significantly decreased the percentage of cavities. But not every community fluoridates its water supply the same way if at all. Here in Washington we do not have fluoride in our water systems so we encourage you to buy fluoridated water bottles.

Excess fluoride can be harmful. People who drink large amounts of fluoridated water may be getting too much fluoride. Lack of fluoride can lead to tooth decay, but too much fluoride can cause fluorosis. Mild fluorosis mainly causes white spots on the teeth. Severe cases can turn teeth brown and even weaken enamel.

Age plays a major factor in determining how much fluoride you need and recommended treatment plans. Your dentist will be able to recommend the appropriate course of action based on your conversation about how much fluoride you are consuming either by drinking fluoridated water or taking fluoride supplements.

Have questions about fluoride and where to get fluoride products? Give us a call at (509) 326-2621, we would be happy to help you!


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