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Get expert advice on the use of fluoride from London SE1 dentists

01 / 01 / 2011

In the fight against the plaque which can damage your teeth and gums, fluoride is a substance that can help. Plaque attacks the hard coating on teeth known as enamel. Fluoride can help strengthen enamel, lessening the likelihood of cavities forming and tooth decay occurring.

Fluoride is found not just in many tooth pastes but also tap water itself. Studies have shown that consumption of fluoride can reduce levels of tooth decay by between forty and sixty per cent. It is not without controversy, however. Some have suggested that it can be harmful to humans and campaigns exist to stop governments adding fluoride to the water supply.

Young children who consume too much fluoride over a period of time can develop a condition called dental fluorosis. This can occur if a large amount of fluoride tooth paste is swallowed too. Bu this is a rare condition and the three hundred million or so people around the world who drink tap water fortified with fluoride every day seems to be compelling evidence that fluoride is beneficial rather than harmless.

Children under two ought not to use tooth paste containing fluoride however. Once over that age, fluoride has been proved to be crucial in the development of strong teeth which are more able to cope with the fight against plaque. If you find out that your area does not have as much fluoride in the tap water then you might want to consider taking fluoride supplements to help strengthen your teeth.

Your London SE1 dentist can give you plenty more advice about fluoride, help you choose the right tooth paste and decide when is appropriate to expose your young child to it.

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