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Fluoride Therapy Myths and Facts

Do you want strong teeth? or is your tooth always shaky? Then Fluoride therapy is the answer.

Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in food and water. It is usually added to a wide variety of dental products, such as toothpaste or mouthwash; it is given in drop or tablet form to children, and it is often added to public water supplies.


What have you heard about Fluoride???

“Is it important?”, “I think my teeth is just fine”, “that’s another chemical, and I don’t want it”…

Those and many more are the comments we get from some patients whenever the dentist say “you need fluoride therapy”. There are those patients who even think it’s a big deal. Below are some myths and facts about Fluoride:

1. Myth: Fluoride is medication forced on people especially in the rural communities.

Fact: Fluoride is a nutrient and not a medication. No nutrient, supplement or medication can be forced on any individual.

2. Myth: Fluoride is artificial.

Fact: A large amount of fluoride are found naturally in water and other natural sources. A fluoride therapy helps to decrease teeth decay.

3. Myth: Fluoride should not be administered to children.

Fact: Drinking fluoridated water not only helps to strengthen teeth as they grow, but it can also help prevent future tooth decay and loss. Fluoride is not in anyway harmful to children when it is administered professionally by a dentist.

4. Myth: Fluoridated water does not affect dental caries

Fact: There have been numerous studies conducted in the U.S. and in Europe that show that fluoridation helps reduce tooth decay among both adults and children.

Several health studies have revealed that it can strengthen bone density to some degree, it is most widely known for its use in protecting teeth from tooth decay. The use of fluoride, including fluoridated water, helps strengthen and protect one’s teeth by hardening the enamel.

One Myths that was not mentioned above;
5. Myths: Fluoride therapy can result to Dental Flurosis.

Fact: Flurosis occurs from a very high intake of Fluoride. Here’s why you should visit a dentist who will do a professional job on your teeth.

What you don’t know about Flurosis…
Dental fluorosis happens when you consume too much fluoride while your teeth are still forming under your gums. Therefore it is common in children under the age of 8 years who have permanent teeth still coming in.

A lot of persons especially children swallow toothpaste while brushing their teeth. These toothpaste which contains significantly more fluoride than fluoridated water.

The major sign of Dental Flurosis are white spots on the surface of the teeth. Other than these spots, dental fluorosis doesn’t cause any symptoms or harm.


You can reduce your child’s risk of developing dental fluorosis by supervising them when they brush their teeth to make sure they don’t swallow large amounts of toothpaste.

Book an appointment here to get professional Fluoride therapy.

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