The Pros and Cons of Using Fluoride to Clean Your Teeth

The Pros and Cons of Using Fluoride to Clean Your Teeth

Tooth decay and periodontal disease are two of the most common chronic diseases in children, adolescents, and adults.

Dental caries are caused by decay-causing bacteria that attacks the enamel causing a small hole to form in the tooth’s surface, known as a cavity.

So, what can be done to avoid dental caries? Practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day.

Minerals are added to and removed from the tooth's enamel layer through a process called demineralization and remineralization.

The loss of minerals, demineralization, occurs when acids formed from plaque forming bacteria attack the enamel, while remineralization is the redeposition of minerals to the enamel layer.

The debate is whether to use a toothpaste with fluoride or without fluoride. Here are some pros and cons of fluoride to help you decide:

The Benefits of Fluoride

Did you know that a number of towns and cities integrate fluoride into the municipal water supply to encourage better dental health in their region?

But toothpaste tends to contain a larger share of the mineral that has a more substantial effect on promoting dental health. It's known to strengthen weakened tooth enamel as it limits the growth of cavity forming bacteria in the mouth.

It can also reverse the early onset of tooth decay as it slows down enamel degradation through mineral loss.

Dentists are likely to recommend a fluoride toothpaste to patients dealing with tooth decay as it greatly improves resistance to dental cavities.

The Dangers of Fluoride

Despite the many benefits, fluoride may have some negative impacts, such as dental fluorosis, which occurs in children due to the excessive ingestion of fluoride during permanent enamel formation.

This causes permanent staining on the teeth, but the condition itself is only cosmetic; it doesn't present any medical concerns. Children should be supervised when brushing their teeth to ensure they are not swallowing toothpaste or using excessive toothpaste. 

Swallowing excessive amounts of fluoride can also pose dangers, ranging from an upset stomach to loss of calcium and magnesium from the body.

Dentists recommend using a pea-sized amount twice daily is safe and effective. After brushing your teeth, make sure to spit out any reminants of toothpaste in the sink.

Is A Fluoride-Free Alternative Better?

You can opt for a fluoride-free alternative for toothpaste if you’re concerned with the volume of fluoride you’re exposed to.  You can contact your local council or water supplier to judge the percentage of fluoride in your tap water.

All in all, you should visit a dentist to confirm whether a fluoride or fluoride-free option would work for you.

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