How Fluoride Can Help Your Teeth
It was controversial when it first happened. When fluoride was introduced into municipal water supplies in many areas, some people actually considered it to be a plot devised by a foreign enemy. For example, if you lived in the United States when fluoride was introduced into the water, a surprising number of people considered it to be a Communist plot.
In fact, there are still people today that believe that fluoride introduced into the water system is for some sort of sinister purposes.
In reality, most intelligent people agree that fluoride has proved beneficial when it comes to dental health in those areas in which fluoride has been introduced into the water supply.
What Does Fluoride Do?
Fluoride is a chemical that has been proven effective in small doses at reducing the incidence of tooth decay. Since fluoride has been introduced into municipal water supplies, the incidence of cavities and tooth decay amongst children and adults alike has reduced noticeably.
Can Fluoride be Harmful?
Yes. If used improperly or in too great of a quantity, fluoride can be harmful to a person. However, the amount of fluoride in water (for example) is miniscule. Therefore, provided that a person does not abuse water (and, believe it or not, some people do) there will be no harmful side effects to fluoride. Some people "over drink." By doing this, they may develop a condition called fluorosis which can cause some damage to the enamel on a person's teeth . too much of a good thing, your dentist might tell you.
What About Other Dental Care Products with Fluoride?
If you ask your dentist, he or she likely will recommend that you do use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. The fluoride in these types of products can be helpful in protecting your teeth and preventing cavities. In fact, all of the toothpastes that currently have received the American Dental Association seal of approval contain fluoride.
And What About Fluoride Rinses?
Once again, these generally are good products. However, you must always keep in mind that oral rinses, including fluoride rinses, cannot take the place of regular brushing and flossing of your teeth. The basis of any solid oral hygiene plan or regimen is regular brushing and flossing of your teeth -- as your dentist will tell you.
Where Can I Get More Information About Fluoride?
If you want more information about fluoride, you should consult your dentist. In addition, dental associations such as the American Dental Association and their counterparts in other nations around the world have materials that they can provide to you detailing the benefits of fluoride in your own comprehensive dental care program.
Finally, there are some useful websites on the Net that can provide you with information about the benefits of fluoride when it comes to your own dental care regimen.