what is Fluoride?

The most prevalent truths and myths.

Fluoride is a mineral that helps protect teeth from decay by strengthening your enamel. It is found in a wide variety of dental products but unfortunately, there are many myths about its use. Here are some of the most common myths we have encountered during our experience:

Myth # 1: Fluoride is dangerous for children.
Fluoride helps strengthen children’s enamel, making their teeth less susceptible to decay.

Myth # 2: Fluoride is not natural.
Fluoride is one of the most natural elements. It is found naturally in rocks, minerals and certain foods.

Myth # 3: Fluoride is not safe.
Extensive scientific studies conducted over the last 60 years have shown that fluoride is very safe. It is not related to cancer, heart disease, kidney problems or other health problems.

Myth # 4: Using fluoride products causes excessive dental fluorosis

Ingestion of excess fluoride can lead to white spots scattered throughout the teeth. But used in the right amount, fluoride poses no danger. To reduce the risk of dental fluorosis, use the right amount of fluoride toothpaste or fluoride mouthwash, always recommended by your dentist. It begins with the elimination of debris or stones in the soil to restore them to their natural appearance, and continues with their bleaching to give them the desired shade.

But what are some facts about fluoride that you should be aware of?
Here are some of them:

Fact # 1: Fluoride hardens enamel

Fluoride blocks calcium in the teeth, reducing the degree of damage.

Fact # 2: Fluoride prevents tooth decay

Some types of bacteria can destroy tooth enamel by damaging tooth minerals. Fluoride helps prevent this process by making your enamel resistant to demineralization.

Fact # 3: Recognized as a public health achievement
According to the Centers for Disease Control, water fluoridation was recognized as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. This mineral has dramatically reduced the incidence of oral diseases and tooth decay.

With such a vast body of information it is often difficult to know what is true and what is not.

Thankfully, numerous studies have confirmed that fluoridated water and fluoride dental products are safe and effective.

If you are concerned about your dental health and want to learn more about fluoride, do not hesitate to contact your dentist. He is the only one who can answer your questions.

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