Fluoride: Good or Bad?

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Fluoride can be a controversial topic. Some say it’s a dangerous substance, but most believe it’s good for the health of your teeth. If you’re interested in making this decision for yourself, there are a few things you should know.

Many argue that the benefits of fluoride far outweigh the risks. In fact, fluoride can reduce tooth decay by up to 25%. However, it’s important to remember that fluoride can affect your kids differently—especially if they’re younger than twelve. You should also avoid using toothpaste with fluoride in it until you’re certain your little one can spit out their toothpaste. Your child would need to ingest a huge amount of fluoride before it would cause any real damage, but avoiding the issue altogether is generally considered preferable.

Many dentists offer fluoride treatments. These treatments don’t usually take more than a few minutes, and can come in many forms, including a gel, foam, or varnish. If you decide on this treatment, we’ll apply your fluoride with a cotton swab, brush, or with a tray. After the treatment, you should avoid foods and beverages for at least 30 minutes. This will give your teeth a chance to absorb the fluoride.

Please feel free to contact The Art of Dentistry if you have any more questions about the risks or benefits of fluoride or about a fluoride treatment itself. Our dentist, Dr. Ronald A. Williams, and our team will be happy to address any of your concerns and help you decide on the best course of action. If you’re interested in learning more, or in scheduling an appointment with us, please give us a call at 810.653.3503. We’re eager to hear from you soon.