Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in soil, water, food, and air! It has been shown to prevent tooth decay and cavities, but due to its benefits over the past decade, it has been added to community water systems, toothpaste, and mouthwash!
Surrounding the topic of fluoride there are myths, false facts, and misunderstandings on the topic. It can be hard to know the truth about fluoride treatments and what statements are false. Today we are going to overview some of the myths and facts about fluoride so we can be best educated on this subject and take overall better care of our teeth.
Myth: Fluoridated water has no oral health benefits.
Fact: Studies in the United States have shown that fluoridate water helps in both decreasing tooth decay and reducing cavities. Lowering the risk of tooth decay and cavity prevention saves money for both families and the US healthcare system!
Myth: Fluorosis is caused by drinking fluoridated water.
Fact: Fluorosis, is the condition of containing brown speckles on your teeth and is caused by overexposure to fluoride use. In the United States, the amount of fluoride levels in water is too low to cause this.
Myth: Fluoride puts children’s health at risk.
Fact: Fluoride is not dangerous to children when it is used for its intended purpose. For kids, drinking fluoridated water not only helps strengthen teeth as they grow but can help prevent future tooth decay and tooth loss.
Myth: Fluoride is linked to major health problems including cancer.
Fact: Fluoridated water is both safe and effective! It does not increase health issues such as cancer, diabetes, kidney problems, or heart disease!
What is important to remember is that fluoride is a natural mineral and can be found in many oral products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, and drinking water, and can be given in forms of drop or in table form for children. Many concerns regarding fluoride are often based on untrue statements or myths. Don’t let these statements scare you away from taking the best care of your teeth!
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