Closeup of a toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste in our Red Deer Dental Clinic

Fluoride and Your Teeth: Common Questions Answered by Your Red Deer Dentists

Fluoride is a really interesting, naturally occurring mineral that can help to strengthen teeth.

It is present in most natural water sources and is even added to local water to aid in the prevention of tooth decay. In short, fluoride is a substance that most dentists know a lot about!

While most of us have heard of fluoride as being beneficial to our teeth, many of us don’t really understand what it does.

How Fluoride Benefits Your Teeth

The fluoride found in drinking water and in your toothpaste benefits your teeth when it is absorbed into the enamel. The enamel is that coating on your teeth that effectively keeps them from falling apart. When it weakens, you experience tooth sensitivity, accelerated tooth decay and a loss of strength.

When the fluoride is added to the current enamel, it can stop early stage tooth decay in its tracks. It does this by replacing lost calcium and phosphorous that can wear thin over time. Other benefits include:
  • Helping to fight tooth decay in both children and adults
  • Providing a universally available way to strengthen teeth using drinking water
  • Fluoride can stop tooth decay before it becomes noticeable in some cases
  • Aiding older adults in dental care naturally

Most communities base the amount of fluoride in their water on natural amounts occurring in ground water. This allows them to keep levels at a therapeutic level that is beneficial to human teeth.

Adding Fluoride is Perfectly Safe

The first city to introduce fluoride to its water supply in 1945 was Grand Rapids, Michigan. This practice quickly caught on and was heralded for its benefits. At the same time, this also led to a controversy that continues until today. Some people have claimed that fluoride causes potential health risks or that they get enough of it in their toothpaste to make water fluoridation obsolete.

All of these claims have been evaluated by the American Dental Association and the risk is very minimal compared to the benefits that fluoride brings. The CDC also put in their research and confirm that the fluoridation of drinking water  IS NOT  connected to:
  • Allergies
  • Cancer
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Renal Failure
  • Digestive Problems
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart Disease
  • Birth Defects
With dangers of fluoride debunked, we can feel good about making sure that our family members are getting enough daily exposure to strengthen their enamel and to protect against tooth decay. The only recordable problems have come when children swallow large amounts of fluoridated toothpaste on a daily basis. Of course, this an entirely avoidable concern with proper supervision and education.

Ask Your Red Deer Family Dentist About the Benefits of Fluoride

If you don’t feel that you are getting enough fluoride, or you drink bottled water all the time, consider asking your Red Deer Family Dentist about in-office fluoride treatments. We are currently accepting new dental patients and will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Please call us at 403-342-1118 for an immediate response and for dental emergencies. Or, use our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.