Fluoride: Finding a Balance

Most aspects of life require finding a balance to ensure high benefits without added risks. Oral health care is no different. New and innovative products and services are constantly created in order to encourage the best dental care for patients. The use of fluoride for oral care improvement has been used in the general population for decades, but not without a bit of controversy. Prior to using fluoride as means to improving dental care, understand the benefits and risks.

Benefits of Fluoride:

Fluoride was first added to main water source supplies around 1945, and dentists saw results almost immediately. Children and adults experienced fewer cavities and less tooth decay thereby increasing the national oral health, significantly, despite socioeconomic differences. Professionals were impressed with the dramatic improvement, with minimalistic side effects, as a result of patients drinking water enriched with fluoride or using products containing fluoride. People who used fluoride consistently for an extended period of time also experienced stronger tooth enamel and overall dental health.

The most common side effect of fluoride use is known as fluorosis, or dental enamel fluorosis, a condition that leaves white spots or streaks on developed teeth. Once permanent teeth have broken through the surface, fluorosis can no longer occur. Fluorosis does not affect the health or function of teeth, but rather only affects the appearance during formative years.

After the introduction of nationwide fluoride water supplies, people became concerned with the forced medicinal ways of the fluoride. Parts of Europe stopped the addition of fluoride to allow people to make such personal decisions. In extreme and rare cases, people experience health risks of hypersensitivity, allergic reactions, or an overdose as a result of added fluoride content to water or products.

For more questions regarding the benefits and potential side effects of fluoride use, please consult your personal physician and dentist.

Fluoride and fluoride-enriched products have proven benefits for dental health. Dentists should provide factual information upon request to ensure patients know all the possible side effects and risks of any product or procedure. Dr. Ash of Studio Dental Care promises quality services for all patients, including those he serves in the Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, and Burbank areas. Alexander Ash offers family and general dentistry services for all patients. To maintain a healthy mouth, schedule a routine appointment today, call Dr. Ash and speak with a friendly customer care representative.

Dr. Ash is the founder of Studio Dental Care. He earned his Doctorate at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, followed by two General Residencies at New York-Presbyterian / Weill-Cornell Hospital and the UCLA Sepulveda VA Hospital.

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