Is Fluoride Bad For You & Your Teeth?

Is fluoride bad for you? Fluoride has been the subject of scientific research for over 70 years, and studies have consistently shown that an appropriate quantity of fluoride is safe and prevents tooth decay. It does so by strengthening the enamel and slowing down its deterioration. Cavities are also less likely to form when you brush with fluoride toothpaste and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

Enamel is the protective outer layer of your teeth that guards against bacteria and plaque. Gum disease, neglecting to brush, and brushing too hard can wear away at the enamel, exposing your teeth to progressively worse gum disease and causing sensitive, decaying teeth and gums.

Health organizations across the globe agree that fluoride is an important part of maintaining healthy teeth.


Getting the most out of fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash

To get the most from fluoride, follow these steps:

  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice daily
  • Rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash daily
  • Avoid swallowing fluoridated toothpaste or mouthwash
  • Supervise children when they are brushing their teeth
  • Children should use a small, pea-size bit of toothpaste when brushing with fluoride
  • Check if your area provides fluoridated water, and if it doesn't, discuss your fluoride intake with your dentist


What about fluoride in water? Is it safe and good for my teeth?

The American Dental Association, Center for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics, US Public Health Service, and World Health Organization agree that water with a recommended level of fluoride (0.7 milligrams per Liter) is safe and effective for preventing cavities and tooth decay by 25% or more.

About 75% of Americans’ tap water contains fluoride. Whether or not your water is fluoridated is determined by local and state governments. Find out if your area is providing fluoridated water, and if it isn’t, discuss your fluoride needs with your dentist.


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