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To Fluoride Or Not To Fluoride? Get A London Expert Opinion

09 / 09 / 2014

If you regularly watch the news or you like to keep abreast of health and dental news, you will probably have noticed that there is a great deal of debate surrounding the use of fluoride in dentistry and water fluoridation.

Fluoride is a mineral, which is found naturally in the human body, as well as in water supplies. In some countries, fluoride is added to the water systems as a means of reducing rates of tooth decay. Studies have found that water fluoridation is particularly successful in deprived areas. Fluoride helps to reduce the risk of tooth decay by strengthening and protecting the enamel. Enamel is the hard substance found on the outer layer of the teeth; once the enamel is worn or damaged, there is a high risk of cavities.

Is fluoride safe?

The overwhelming majority of dentists and public health experts support the use of fluoride as a means of tackling tooth decay. The amount of fluoride added to water supplies and toothpaste is very small and levels are monitored very carefully to prevent health problems.

In the UK, there are few areas of the country with access to fluoridated water and most people get additional fluoride by using fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride varnish treatment is also used widely as a preventative treatment for children.

Should I use fluoride toothpaste?

Most dentists advise their patients to use fluoride toothpaste. Most toothpaste on sale in the UK contains a small amount of fluoride and this helps to protect the enamel.

If you have concerns about fluoride or you’re not sure which oral hygiene products to buy, don’t hesitate to ask our brilliant dentists for advice.

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