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The Uses and Risks of Fluoride

Fluoride is a commonly talked-about subject in terms of the various dental-related topics. You have most likely heard bits and pieces of information that fall on either side of the spectrum. The side that feels that fluoride is unnecessary, and the side that thinks that fluoride plays an essential role in good oral health. 

The truth is that when fluoride is used properly, it does not present a threat to your overall health but rather, it poses an asset to your oral health and helps to keep cavities at bay. 

What Is Fluoride? Where Is It From? 

The Uses and Risks of Fluoride

Fluoride is an organic mineral that occurs naturally in water, certain foods, and soil. It is plentiful and frequently-occurring in the natural world. Synthetic fluoride is man-made and is designed to be added to your drinking water and oral hygiene products like mouthwash, toothpaste, and many other products as well.

How Does It Work?

Fluoride helps to limit tooth decay by:

  • Altering the way enamel forms in kids 7-years-old and younger, which makes it less likely to erode in the presence of acid 
  • Building oral conditions that form a higher quality enamel less prone to acid attacks
  • Decreasing the capacity of the bad oral bacteria that are found in plaque to create acid

All of these advantages will strengthen and protect the enamel of your teeth and help to circumvent tooth decay and expensive dental problems later on.

Is it Dangerous to Use Fluoride?

Small quantities of fluoride are not very likely to be hazardous to your health. More than 100 federal and global health organizations and other groups understand the advantages of adding a small quantity of fluoride to drinking water and oral health products.

If you are worried about getting a fluoride treatment from your dental professional, then you should ask him or her about other ways you can protect your teeth from cavities and tooth decay. Using mouthwashes, toothpaste, and any of the many other oral care products that have fluoride in them is a good place to start.

At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.

The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.

It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.

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