Fluoride is like a blacksmith for your dental armor – that is, your tooth enamel. Your enamel is that crystallized outermost layer of your teeth that defends against bacterial decay. When the enamel breaks down, fluoride chemically adheres to it and restores its weakened defenses. In healthy doses, it can be a fantastic help to your teeth.
In the 1960s, a change swept across the United States wherein some communities chose to add small amounts of fluoride to their water. This process is called “fluoridation”. According to the Centers for Disease Control, today, about two-thirds of the U.S. population has access to fluoridated public water. In fact, 29 of 30 of the U.S. largest cities fluoridate their water.
In large doses, fluoride can cause a condition called fluorosis in children. White streaks may appear on teeth or in severe cases, brown stains and broken enamel. Fluorosis is typically not a risk for adults with fully developed teeth. According to the CDC , the current required limits of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride to 1 liter of community water are more than safe and effective at treating tooth decay without the risk of fluorosis–even when factoring exposure to fluoride through toothpaste and dental appointments.
Would you appreciate an extra dose of fluoride? Come and see Dr. Mark Rowe at Meadowbrook Family Dentistry in Duluth, Georgia for a fluoride treatment. We are trained specifically to capitalize on the benefits of fluoride to treat your specific dental needs. Call us at 770-622-5909.