Learn the truth about fluoride at London dentist
You can be forgiven for being confused about the nature of fluoride as there is a lot of misinformation going around, especially on the internet that causes the problem of confusion. It can also make it very hard to know which advice to follow. For example, some toothpastes contain fluoride and depending on what website you have looked at this can either be good for the teeth because it hardens them or bad for the teeth as well as the rest of the body. It is also important to remember that fluoride is added to many water supplies so there must be a reason for using it in the first place.
Fluoride certainly does harden the teeth and make them stronger against plaque and bacteria. However, it is true that fluoride can damage children’s teeth if used too early in their lives. Dentists advise against giving children any kind of fluoride as it can lead to damage and discolouration later in life. Therefore you should always check with your London dentist before letting your child use any kind of fluoride product.
Your London dentist will also be the best person to ask about the levels of fluoride in the water and how this might affect your teeth. They can also advise which toothpastes are suitable for your teeth. Once the teeth are fully developed they can certainly benefit from small amounts of fluoride. The decision to add fluoride to the water supply has seen a dramatic reduction in the rate of dental cavities over the years. Although this might have had an adverse affect on a small number of patients’ teeth in the long run it has been very beneficial to the health of the public’s teeth.