Are you confused about whether or not fluoride is safe for your teeth? Since the safety of fluoride has been questioned there are plenty of reasons to be confused. The truth is that excessive amounts of fluoride consumption by babies or young children during tooth development can cause fluorosis or the mottling of tooth enamel. However, it is very difficult for a baby or child to ingest too much fluoride since fluoride is carefully monitored in municipal water supplies. Fluoride is actually very beneficial for your teeth. Today we explain the truth about fluoride and its effect on teeth.
Fluoride and Children
The most common worry about fluoride besides fluorosis is that it can cause diseases such as cancer, kidney failure, and bone disease. Fluoride is a natural mineral found in all water supplies. The level of fluoride is increased in municipal water supplies in order to obtain the benefits of fluoride. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the fluoride levels in municipal water supplies are kept at safe levels to protect against any adverse health effects. However, years of using fluoride and 60 years of research has proven fluoride a safe and effective way to protect against cavities. In fact, the American Academy of Family Physicians recommends that parents with children at high risk for caries, with no access to fluoridated water, provide fluoride supplements to children between 6 months and 16 years of age. Years of research has also proven that people who consume fluoridated water during childhood experience less tooth decay and tooth loss as adults.
Bottled water is all the rage and can be very convenient. However, most bottled water does not contain fluoride. Be aware that if your family’s primary source of water is bottled, you could be missing out on the preventive effects of fluoride in your municipal water supply.
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