Is Fluoride Harmful to You?

Is fluoride good for you? Sure, it’s part of most routine dental cleanings. It’s in our mouthwash and toothpaste. It’s even in most public water systems. But lately, dental and health professionals have questioned the overall benefits of our regular exposure to fluorine.

These professionals have determined that while fluorine is harmful in extreme circumstances, the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks when administered correctly by professionals. In fact, studies show that cases of tooth decay fell 30-40% due to water fluoridation.

Young people benefit the most from fluorine. The substance strengthens the tooth enamel and helps keep your teeth healthy and strong. That’s a great benefit for the longtime oral health for developing children.

However, fluoride can be harmful in large amounts. Overexposure to fluoride actually hurts your teeth. Fluorisis is a condition caused by over-exposure to fluoride. This causes discoloration of the teeth, and can lead to a softening or crumbling of the tooth enamel. It’s also very dangerous to young children under the age of 8.

Ultimately, you shouldn’t be afraid of fluoride. Almost anything in excess can hurt you. However, the amounts found in toothpaste and drinking water are not large enough to be harmful.

Additionally, if receive a fluoride treatment, don’t be afraid to take it. Just be sure not to swallow it, as pure fluoride is much more harmful than diluted fluoride when ingested directly.

Dr. Hussong and our team want to help protect your smile, your confidence, and quality of life. Regular checkups at Cornerstone Dental, with fluoride treatments, help maintain good oral health. As a general, restorative, and cosmetic dentist in Polk City Iowa, Dr. Hussong can attend to all of your dental care needs. Call our dental office at  515.984.6001 for more information or to schedule an appointment.