Let’s Talk About Fluoride

 

Fluoride is recognized by the ADA (American Dental Association) as a safe and effective way in preventing tooth decay for both children and adults.  Community water fluoridation continues to be one of the most effective ways to be sure you are provided the fluoride needed.  

However, many people do not realize that the bottled water they are drinking does not contain optimal levels of fluoride. In addition, some types of home water treatment systems (e.g., reverse osmosis and distillation systems) can reduce the fluoride levels in water supplies, potentially decreasing the decay-preventive effects of optimally fluoridated water.  Home systems that use carbon/charcoal filtration do not remove fluoride.

So how do you increase your fluoride intact safely?  Having topical fluorides applied professionally at The Family Dental Center during your oral health visit is one option.  Self-applied topical fluorides such as toothpastes, mouth rinses and gels are another option.  If you have questions on the fluoride levels in these applications, be sure to discuss them during your next visit.

For children ages 6 months to 16 years who are at a high risk for tooth decay or whose primary drinking water has a low fluoride concentration can be prescribed fluoride supplements.  Again, this is a conversation to have during your next visit.

Too much of a good thing can present potential risks for development of fluorosis.  This occurs when there are excessive levels of fluoride swallowed during tooth development.  Fluorosis creates white striations to stained pitting of the enamel.  

To answer more questions about fluoride, contact the dental professionals at The Family Dental Center. The Family Dental Center is located at 2781 Oakdale Blvd, Suite 3, Coralville, IA 52241. For additional information call 319-351-3414 or email frontdesk@thefamilydentalcenter.com.

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