Is fluoride poisonous?
No, it is not. There is fluoride added to your drinking water in our local area, and it is actually good for your oral health when used properly.
There are two ways fluoride helps the teeth. When people consume fluoride in water, it enters the bloodstream. In children, this will become a part of their permanent teeth. When fluoride is swallowed, it also becomes part of the saliva, so it helps protect the teeth from the acids that can cause tooth decay.
The other way fluoride helps teeth is when it is applied directly to the teeth, such as with a fluoride toothpaste or fluoride treatment. This helps with a process called ‘remineralisation,’ which helps strengthen tooth enamel.
At our Ramsgate Beach, NSW dental clinic, we sometimes recommend children receive fluoride treatments as a routine part of their dental care programme. It helps protect kids from developing cavities in both the primary teeth and permanent teeth. Fluoride rinses can be purchased in shops, and we recommend that children over the age of six use these routinely.
If you have questions about the use and safety of fluoride, we welcome your call to Ayar Dental.