Why Fluoride is important for your teeth?

Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens teeth and prevents cavities and tooth decay. It has always been an essential oral health treatment for decades. Fluoride supports healthy tooth enamel and fights the bacteria that harm teeth and gums. Tooth enamel is the outer protective layer of each tooth. When bacteria in your mouth break down sugar and carbs, they produce acids that eat away at the minerals in your tooth enamel. This loss of minerals is called demineralization. Weakened tooth enamel leaves your teeth vulnerable to bacteria that cause cavities.

Fluoride helps to remineralize your tooth enamel, which can prevent cavities and reverse early signs of tooth decay.

Tooth Remineralization Benefits with the help of Fluoride

Fluoride is especially helpful if you’re at high risk of developing dental caries, or cavities. Cavities occur when bacteria build up on teeth and gums and form a sticky layer of plaque. Plaque produces an acid that erodes teeth and gum tissue. If the plaque breaks down the enamel layer, bacteria can infect and harm the nerves and blood at the core of the tooth.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a professional fluoride treatment at your dentist’s office every 3, 6, or 12 months, depending on your oral health. If you are at high risk for cavities, your dentist may also prescribe a special fluoride rinse or gel to use regularly at home.

The following factors can increase the risk of cavities:

  • Excessive Drug or Alcohol usage
  • Eating disorder
  • Poor Oral hygiene
  • Lack of professional Dental care
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Dry mouth or decreased Saliva
  • Weak Teeth Enamel

source:

https://www.aapd.org/globalassets/media/policies_guidelines/bp_fluoridetherapy.pdf

European Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (EAPD) lasts research have proven that fluoride needs to be given orally (topically) on the baby’s teeth.

People get confused between supplements of fluoride and topical fluoride which is mostly received by patients only inside the dental clinic or used in mouthwash and toothpaste.

If proper oral hygiene measures are taken which includes brushing teeth twice by fluoride toothpaste and if the patient is above the age 6 then use mouthwash and visit the dentist regularly. After that, there is no need to take the supplement for (systemic) fluoride.

Is Fluoride SAFE?

The greatest challenge a dentist has to face is the parent’s baseless assumptions about fluoride. They mostly come up with questions like we hear and see on Google that fluoride causes cancer.

All studies conducted on fluoride have proven that there is no connection between fluoride and cancer. Read  below: (https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/water-fluoridation-and-cancer-risk.html) (https://www.healthline.com/health/fluoride-cancer#bottom-line)

Moreover, you are not consuming an unnecessary amount of fluoride, if you are living in UAE because there is no fluoride added in the tap water by the government of UAE

source: https://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/the-many-myths-of-the-uae-s-tap-water-1.15502

Hence the main source of fluoride consumption is in bottled water, toothpaste and mouthwash.

 If you read the labels you will see PPM (Parts Per Million). In short, it very safe to use fluoride products.

Just to mention in case of an emergency if your child swallows the whole toothpaste, make him drink a cup of milk right away and immediately take him to the hospital.