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London’s SE1 gets the low-down on Fluoride Toothpaste

18 / 10 / 2012

Fluoride toothpaste ha been around now in London SE1 for well over a hundred years and there is good reason for this. Fluoride is good for the enamel of the teeth. Its chemical build up helps to re-mineralize the teeth as well as breaking down bacteria that can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. It also has an abrasive quality that can help in the removal of tartar and plaque: it can also help in the fight against bad breath. For children, it is vital that they get as much protection as they can, as they are highly susceptible to tooth decay for the first seven years of their life. So then, you may well ask why it is that several Scandinavian countries have banned the use of fluoride. For all of its virtues, fluoride is toxic: too much of it digested into the system can be fatal, especially in children who do love to eat the stuff. It also deposits traces in the brain that can make you go a bit loopy as well over time. But the greatest irony is that too much use and it can promote spots of the surface of the enamel- the very thing it was designed to protect. If you are confused as to which way you should go, consult with your dentist first, and there are a lot of god fluoride free toothpastes on the market. Fluoride was only put in the first place because of the diet of foods we consume in this country help to enhance the growth of tooth decay; in African countries and the far east, they don’t have fluoride in their water and rarely in their toothpaste as they don’t need to, as they do not suffer from tooth decay like we do- food for thought eh?

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