Is Fluoride In Your Toothpaste Good For You?
Fluoride or not? How much fluoride there should really be in your toothpaste? Is fluoride good or bad for you?
We know that fluoride can be controversial and we get it, the struggle is real here. You may not know what theories to believe in after all, but here at Ordo we care for your teeth, so we gladly went through the effort of collecting some facts you should definitely get yourself familiar with!
Here are 5 things about fluoride you should probably know:
- Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to prevent tooth decay. In some areas of the world it’s being added to the water supply through a process called fluoridation.
Despite all the negative opinions against fluoride, it turns out that fluorine is a substance that your body actually needs. It is found in many foods that you eat, such as avocados or cucumbers.
While some people argue that benefits of fluoride haven’t been scientifically proven, there are 70 years of research on fluoride which clearly shows that certain amount of fluoride can only do good to your teeth.
- About 99% of the body’s fluoride is stored in your bones and teeth.
Yeah, but what does it mean for me, you may ask? It explains why a healthy level of fluoride in your water and toothpaste is good for you. It helps the enamel remineralization process to keep the decay away. It controls the acid in your mouth produced by bacteria on your teeth, fed on sugars you eat every day.
- Tooth decay is one of the most common reasons for hospital admission among children. Even though it’s preventable, it’s still a massive health concern worldwide.
The level of fluoride in water varies in different areas, thus your fluoride intake depends on the area you live in. Local authorities decide whether fluoride should be added and if so, how much of it. This is done as a measure to help help improve oral health, with higher fluoride levels in drinking water found to be associated with lower levels of tooth decay.
It’s worth checking with your local supplier how much fluoride is in your water supply, if you have any concerns. However, fluoride levels in water are constantly monitored by the Drinking Water Inspectorate. (http://www.dwi.gov.uk/)
- Fluoride helps your dental health by strengthening the tooth’s enamel and making it more resistant to tooth decay.
Throughout the years it has been proven that fluoride in your toothpaste has beneficial effects on your teeth. Direct application of it has shown that it’s actually the most effective way to replace the lost minerals in the tooth’s enamel. Interestingly, your toothpaste is more effective than drinking fluoridated water!
- Fluoride can have negative effects on your health only in excessive dosages. If ingested in appropriate amounts, fluoride can be only beneficial for you. How would you know though, that your intake is okay?
This one might be slightly more difficult to evaluate, but as far as we know the amount of fluoride is tightly controlled in countries that intentionally add it to drinking water. The risk of fluorosis increases drastically in countries such as China or India.
Studies has shown that there is no direct health risk due to fluoride intake. Dental fluorosis can occur, usually when children are developing. So it’s super important not to exceed doses recommended for children.
What toothpaste you should use as an adult? Well, our dentists (and other dental professionals) recommend toothpaste with 1350-1500 ppm (parts per million) fluoride. Our toothpaste sits in between this recommended range at 1400 ppm fluoride.