Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral found in bones and teeth, also can be found outside of the body in soil, water, rock and even plants. There has been a mixed opinion towards fluoride and health benefits vs health risks. There has been mixed research study conclusions and findings met over many years. We encourage you to carry out your own research on this topic. Research is forever being carried out and different conclusions met. The purpose of this blog is to provide information on the effects that fluoride has on dental health in an unbiased manner.
To help explain the progression of a healthy tooth to a carious tooth we have constructed a diagram:
It is important to note that our oral environment is continually in a state of demineralisation and remineralisation. Eating sugary foods and carbs (demineralisation) and our saliva flow (remineralization). When demineralisation is prolonged and our protecting factors such as adequate saliva flow and quality are compromised, decay risk is increased.
Fluoride helps the remineralisation process, strengthening teeth. Fluoride is administered at small doses through our toothpaste, water supply and through fluoride supplements.
This low level is sufficient for us to gain its therapeutic benefits. Although fluoride has been shown to strengthen teeth it has the ability if taken excessively to cause disturbances to the teeth, resulting in fluorosis. Fluorosis presents as white spots formed on the enamel surface.
Brushing 2 times per day with fluoride toothpaste and consuming water throughout the day particularly after meals, will help keep teeth strong and keep the risk low of you developing cracked teeth or other problems.
For more information on dental health, or services such as our cosmetic dentistry or dental surgery, consult with the experts at the best Mornington Peninsula dental clinic – Beachside Complete Dental Care. We can help you with all your dental needs, and help you fix your teeth to give you the confidence and smile that you’ve always wanted!