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Flouride — Safe and Effective

May 30th, 2012

 

           Fluoride has been proven to be a safe and effective means of protecting the teeth against cavities.  It actually combines with compounds in the matrix of tooth enamel to form something called “fluorapatite,” which greatly enhances the tooth’s resistance to bacterial damage and ensuing decay.  Researchers have shown, during over fifty years of testing, that community drinking water supplies containing fluoride in concentrations of 1.0 to 2.5 parts per million, when ingested from infancy through twelve years of age, will reduce the incidence of dental decay by up to sixty percent !  In addition to drinking water, fluoride can be applied to the teeth in the dental office, can be taken by children daily in tablet form, and can be applied daily to the teeth of patients who are prone to tooth sensitivity and decay.  And as we all are aware, all quality toothpastes should contain fluoride in some form.

           Contrary to many falsely held beliefs, fluoride has never been shown to cause kidney disease, cancer, heart and lung problems, or any systemic health irregularities.

Fluoride can, however, cause a brownish staining of the teeth in a condition known as fluorosis, if the patient is regularly exposed to higher than recommended levels.  This is extremely rare when fluoride is not “overdosed.”  So please take advantage of the proven safety and effectiveness of fluoride, and speak with your dentist about how the proper use of fluoride can help you and your family.

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