Every quarter we send out a digital newsletter. Here is this quarters’.
Flouride: Why is it important?
What is fluoride, how does it protect my teeth and where can I find it? These are the three most common questions I get regarding fluoride. However, I also get questions about why fluoride is so controversial. I will address all of these questions in this quarter’s newsletter.
First, Fluoride is an element found in the earth’s atmosphere and is listed in the periodic table of elements. It is a building block that forms many salts and crystals. It is so common that it probably sits on your kitchen table. Fluoride can be found in many types of table salt. It can also be manufactured by pharmaceutical companies and put in many common dental products.
Fluoride can help prevent cavities from forming in several different ways. The first way that fluoride protects your teeth is by acting on the bacteria found in your mouth. The bacteria in your mouth break down sugar into acid. The acid then demineralizes your tooth and creates a cavity. Fluoride prevents the bacteria from digesting the sugars in your mouth. If the bacteria cannot process the sugar, it cannot create the acidic byproducts that cause cavities.
The second way fluoride works is by protecting your teeth directly. When fluoride is applied to your teeth, it alters the chemical composition. The tooth structure becomes stronger and more resistant to acid; preventing cavities from forming. Therefore, fluoride is an essential tool in cavity prevention. Now, that you know how fluoride works; where can you find fluoride?
Well, if you live in Huntington Beach or the surrounding areas of Southern California, you don’t have look for it, it comes to you. Fluoride is found in our tap water. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California regularly monitors the level of fluoride in the water to make sure it’s at the optimal level to help prevent tooth decay. However, in most patients an additional source of fluoride is needed to prevent tooth decay. It can be found in almost any type of over the counter toothpaste. It can also be found in certain mouthwashes like Act. Fluoride can be found in an array of dental products, and in whichever form you use, it prevents tooth decay.
So, why does fluoride create such controversy when the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) list water fluoridation as one of the top ten public health achievements of the 20th Century? People against water fluoridation often site research that relates the consumption of fluoride to cancer and broken bones. Well, these papers are correct when the dosage levels of fluoride are 10 to 100 levels higher than the recommended doses. Before you freak out and tell people your dentist in Huntington Beach is poisoning you, let me put this in prospective. If you eat one bag of skittles, it will have virtually no affect on you. If you eat 100 bags of skittles every day, you will start to develop diabetes and become obese. For those patients on Coumadin or blood thinners, your medication is closely monitored. If the dose is too high, you will bleed to death, but at the correct dosage levels, it will protect you and allow you to live a longer, better life. Whether it is sugar, medication or fluoride, the dosage is key and at the dosage levels in our public water supply, fluoride will aid in cavity prevention and have no adverse health affects.
Hope this newsletter gives you insight into the importance of fluoride on your dental health. As always, feel free to email or call us with any questions you have. You can always check out our blog, www.FordDentalGroup.com/blog, for updates or even friend us on www.Facebook.com/forddentalgroup.
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With your dental health in mind,
Ford Dental Group
16511 Goldenwest St
Huntington Beach, Ca 92647