Is fluoride safe?
Hello & welcome to Millionaire Smiles Daily Dental!
This week's blog is all about fluoride. Lately you may have heard a few people express the topic about fluoride & its various properties, how it can help or how it may potentially harm.
Well, to settle all the unanswered questions & pondering thoughts we thought we would give you the total lowdown on whether fluoride is for you or not for you!
Firstly, if you are new to the world of dentistry & you’re not entirely sure what fluoride is then this paragraph is for you.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water, the amount of fluoride found in your water system at home completely depends on where you live in the UK (NHS, 2018).
It can help prevent tooth decay & that is why many dental brands including ourselves have added it to our toothpaste.
So what are the benefits of using a fluoride toothpaste?
- Protects teeth against decay
- Decreasing demineralization - Fluoride can help slow down the loss of important minerals from the tooth's enamel.
- Enhances Remineralization - Fluoride can help accelerate the repair process by putting the minerals back into the enamel.
- Prevents Harmful Bacteria - Fluoride can inhibit nasty bacterias by reducing the acid production of bacterial enzymes .
Now you may ask, why would someone want a fluoride-free toothpaste?
Overexposure to fluoride products can lead to a condition called dental fluorosis.
This condition harms the tooth enamel & becomes irreversibly damaged. Additionally, the teeth become permanently discolored, showing white or brown marks on the teeth whilst leaving the teeth sensitive & brittle. Dental fluorosis is recognized as the first visible sign of fluoride toxicity.
To ensure you & your family are using fluoride products safely please follow the NHS guidelines:
Toothpastes containing 1,350 to 1,500ppm fluoride are the most effective. Your dentist may advise you to use higher-strength toothpaste if you or your child is at particular risk of tooth decay.
- Children under 3 years old should brush twice daily, with a smear of toothpaste containing at least 1,000ppm fluoride.
- Children between 3 and 6 years old should brush at least twice daily with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing more than 1,000ppm fluoride.
- Adults should brush at least twice daily with a toothpaste containing 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride.
- Don't use mouthwash at the same time as brushing. Use it at an alternative time, because it washes away the fluoride in the toothpaste.
Got any questions? Drop us a message or comment below!
If you are wondering how much fluoride is in our White Glow Toothpaste it is 1450ppm F.