Fluoride is a common mineral, which occurs naturally in our food and water.
It can have a number of health benefits for our teeth and bones. Fluoride
offers increased protection from tooth decay, since it strengthens enamel.
Because of its dental-health-protecting properties, it’s not surprising
that fluoride is added to toothpastes and mouth washes. It also is used
as a treatment by many dentists to help strengthen their patients’ teeth.
Unfortunately, there are a number of myths and misconceptions about fluoride
that leave people wondering how safe fluoride really is. It can be easy
to feel confused when faced with so much conflicting information, so our
Austell dentists are taking a closer look at some of the myths of fluoride,
as well as the truths behind them.
Myth: Drinking Fluoridated Water Will Give You Fluorosis
Fact: Fluorosis can occur when you ingest very high levels of fluoride, but
it is difficult to ingest enough of the mineral under normal circumstances
to experience fluorosis. The levels of fluoride in water in the U.S. is
well below the levels needed for adverse effects to occur.
Myth: Fluoride Is Bad for Children
Fact: Fluoride, when used as intended, is not a danger to children. Most public
water supplies are treated with small amounts of fluoride, and it is often
used in toothpastes. Both of these measures contribute to better tooth
development and prevents tooth decay. If you are concerned about your
child’s fluoride intake, discuss their needs with their dentist
or schedule an appointment with our team at Austell Dental Associates
to learn more.
Myth: Fluoridated Water Is Expensive and Doesn’t Prevent Tooth Decay
Fact: It is actually very inexpensive to fluoridate a city’s water supply,
especially when compared to the costs of treating tooth decay in a community.
It has been shown in more than 70 years’ worth of research that
fluoridation can reduce tooth decay. This research began when researchers
realized that those living in areas with naturally high levels of fluoride
in the water suffered lower levels of cavities and tooth decay. Since
then, fluoride has been firmly linked to stronger, healthier teeth.
Myth: Fluoride Causes Cancer or Autism
Fact: There have been numerous studies exploring the effects of fluoride on our
health, and it has not been linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes,
autism, or kidney problems. Both the Institute of Medicine and the American
Academy of Family Physicians have endorsed fluoride as being safe for
Myth: Fluoride Is Unnatural
Fact: Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in water and food
sources. Fluoridation simply increases the levels found in water to an
amount that is effective in decreasing tooth decay. This level is not
high enough to cause health issues, even in combination with fluoridated
toothpastes or mouthwashes.
Myth: Water Fluoridation Is Unnecessary Because of Fluoride in Toothpaste
Fact: The fluoride levels in toothpastes and mouthwashes is not significant enough
to provide full protection, according to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. Fluoridated water provides additional protection to minimize
At Austell Dental Associates, it’s our mission to protect your family’s
oral health. Our experienced Austell dentists offer a variety of services, from preventative dental care
to protect your teeth to cosmetic procedures
to keep your smile looking beautiful. Schedule an appointment to discover
how we can help you enjoy a healthier, happier smile today!
Contact our office
by calling (770) 467-3888.