How much fluoride is too much?
- Posted on: Jan 15 2020
Balance. Life requires balance. Too much of anything can be more detrimental than beneficial in many cases. This includes fluoride.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural element that is found on earth. It is also located in the bones and teeth of the mouth. Because fluoride makes up a big part of one’s smile, it is also beneficial to the teeth and bones. Fluoride has been touted as “nature’s cavity fighter” by the American Dental Association. Fluoride can be introduced into the body through city water, fluoride toothpastes, fluoride supplements, or fluoride application at the dental office.
What are the benefits of fluoride?
Fluoride is a wonderful way for patients to protect their teeth. It helps the teeth resist decay and assists in building strength in natural tooth enamel. Fluoride rebuilds enamel and in many cases, can help reverse tooth decay in its earliest stages. Because of these benefits, many toothpastes available include fluoride.
What are the dangers of fluoride?
While fluoride is a mineral that is considered safe and effective for dental health, patients should also be aware of the risks that are associated with high levels of fluoride use or consumption. Children who are exposed to higher concentrations of fluoride are at risk of developing dental fluorosis. This is a cosmetic concern that impacts the appearance of the teeth. Dental fluorosis can cause streaks, pits, and spots on the surfaces of the teeth that are permanent.
A rare condition known as skeletal fluorosis may occur if patients take in too much fluoride at once. It can cause pain and brittle bones. This problem may develop if patients consume a significant amount of fluoride in a short period of time.
In most cases, however, patients are rarely impacted negatively by normal levels of fluoride and appropriate fluoride use. Dr. Robert D. Bankhardt of Simi Valley, CA encourages patients to ask about the benefits of fluoride and consider integrating it into their daily oral care habits.
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