Fluoride in dental care products has been seen with speculation and beyond immunization of children is probably one of the most contested topics in the dental world. While dentists are of the opinion that the presence of fluoride in oral hygiene products is for the betterment of dental health, the masses still believe that fluoride is harmful as it is an extra mineral addition.
Let us un-mythify some of the myths associated with the usage of dental fluorides.
Myth 1: Fluoride is not natural
As opposed to this common belief, fluoride is very commonly available in nature. In fact, it presents as salts in many rocks and minerals and also is present in certain food items. Water in certain parts of the country may also contain a higher amount of fluoride.
Myth 2: Fluoride is not safe for children
Extensive research and clinical proof back the fact that fluoride is indeed helpful in protecting the teeth from decay and helps in strengthening the outer layer of the teeth, that is, the enamel. The fluoride acts by locking the calcium in the teeth, thereby keeping tooth decay at bay. It is often called “nature’s cavity fighter.” So, fluoride is safe for both children and adults alike. If the oral health product does not contain fluoride, the dentists recommend that the children must visit the clinic to get fluoride treatment done.
Myth 3: Fluoride is not safe
The medical institutes have regularly vouched for fluorides to be safe. Fluoride is not linked to any medical ailment like heart conditions, cancer, or kidney failure. It is safe to be applied or even consumed in regulated amounts with water.
Myth 4: Water Fluoridation is unsafe
Many areas naturally have a higher concentration of fluoride in the water naturally. In some other regions, especially in the United States, fluoride is added to the drinking water to get the desired result and decrease the incidence of tooth decay in the population. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, The addition of fluoride to water is among the top 10 most significant achievements in the field of Public Health in the 20th Century.
Myth 5: Fluoride makes the teeth weak
Excessive usage of fluoride may causes fluorosis that causes white flecks on the teeth. However, that in no way makes the teeth weak. In fact, excess fluoridation can be checked by regulating the amount of fluoride usage.
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About the Author:
Dr. Rituparna Dubey
Dr. Rituparna Dubey is a BDS graduate from MCODS, Manipal, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Hospital Administration from TISS, Mumbai. She has additionally worked as a freelance content curator with many clients before joining Accenture Operations as a Medical underwriter.
Special thanks to Dr Deepak Kulkarni, a dental surgeon with over 23 years of experience who proofread this blog. He graduated from the H.K.E's Dental College, Gulbarga, and has certifications in ACHS International Accreditation Education Plan; Advanced Rotary Endodontic - Restorative Continuum; and Leadership, Team Building and Customer Service Leadership from the Oscar Murphy International.