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Myths and Facts about Fluoride

July 28, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Jason Annan
Dentist Mount Pleasant SC

There is much information available about fluoride and much of it is confusing. A few of the questions about fluoride include: Is it safe? Should it be in our water? Does it really help to prevent tooth decay?

Fluoride helps teeth resist decay and even promotes the repair of early decay. Your dentist in Mount Pleasant, SC, will confirm that fluoride is a beneficial part of your oral health wellness plan.

Now we’ll take a look at some of the myths and facts about this often-confusing topic. 

Fluoride Myths Many People Believe

Myth: Fluoride does not offer any real benefits to either kids or adults.

Fact: Fluoride keeps teeth strong.

Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to the bacteria that can cause cavities. It can even reverse the earliest stages of tooth decay.

Myth: Tooth decay has largely been eradicated in this country, so fluoride is unnecessary.

Fact: Cavities are a big issue, especially in children.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that nearly half of children ages 2 to 11 have at least one cavity.

Myth: Fluoridated water is unnecessary and unhealthy.

Fact: Fluoride was added to drinking water in the United States about 70 years ago, and since then, the number of cavities in children has dropped significantly. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reassures Americans about the safety of fluoride in drinking water.

Myth: Toothpaste provides us with plenty of fluoride.

Fact: While toothpaste with fluoride is important to help reduce tooth decay, fluoride from other sources, including tap water and fluoride treatments from the dentist, are good additions to your oral health regimen.

Find Out More about the Importance of Fluoride

Call your Mount Pleasant, SC, dentist to find out how important fluoride is to your oral health. Make an appointment today for an examination and cleaning!


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