Whether you automatically associate fluoride with your dentist, or your water, most people have some idea of what this natural element does, and how it can be essential for the overall health and strength of our teeth. While there has always been some controversy surrounding fluoride, it’s important to know as much as you can about the element itself, and why it continues to be a good thing for our teeth, and a solid resource for our water supply.
Let’s check out a few facts about fluoride that you may not have already known about:
1. Canada and the US are examples of developed countries with fluoride in the water, and it’s considered to be one of the greatest health achievements of all time.
2. Whatever toothpaste you’re using should contain fluoride. If it doesn’t, it probably hasn’t been approved by the American Dental Association. Be sure to check the ingredients on your toothpaste to ensure it contains fluoride for the best results.
3. Parents should monitor the use of fluoride in young children, since fluoride itself can absorb into the enamel of the tooth. In kids, when things are still developing, this can actually have a reverse effect on the enamel. While the risks are relatively low, it’s important to limit your child from doing things like swallowing toothpaste with fluoride, etc.
4. Want to know if your community has fluoridated water? It’s as simple as calling your community’s water/sewer department to ask! It’s always a good idea to stay in the know, so don’t be afraid to ask questions when you need answers.
5. The big benefit of fluoride? It adds minerals like calcium back to your teeth, strengthening the bone, and oftentimes helping to stop things like cavities before they can even fully form.