There is much information, especially on the internet, that can give very conflicting opinions so it is often hard to know what is the best solution. This is especially true when it comes to the health of your teeth. One very clear example of such confusion is when it comes to using fluoride. Some reports say that it is good for the teeth but others say it could be potentially damaging not just for the teeth but for the rest of the body as well. So how do you know which advice to follow?
The first thing you need to know is that fluoride is already present in most water supplies and some toothpastes so it is clearly no cause for alarm. However, the issue arises when it comes to adding more fluoride into your dental health care routine.
Fluoride undoubtedly does help to strengthen the teeth, which is the reason it has been added to water supplies for so many years. The number of patients suffering from tooth decay has fallen significantly since this has been happening but fluoride can pose a risk for children’s teeth. This is why dentists advise against using fluoride when it comes to children. This includes not giving them fluoride in the form of toothpaste and other dental health products. This is because it may cause discolouration later in life.
Adults should use small amounts of fluoride in their dental health products as once the teeth have fully developed they are less likely to suffer damage as the result of an excess of fluoride. The best way to know if you are getting the right amount is to ask a local expert, and who is going to know better than your local Central London dentist.