To Fluoride or Not to Fluoride

So, the jury is out on whether this substance is really that harmful to you or your bones and neurological system if taken in doses recommended to strengthen your teeth.

So what are some of the potential conditions linked to excessive fluoride use?

Dental fluorosis is a condition of white spots or even darkening of the tooth enamel. This can be very prevalent in areas of high water fluoridation in early tooth development ages. It can also be a problem if you overdose on your fluoride supplements.

Skeletal fluorosis can be a painful bone condition. A build up of too much fluoride in your system can cause this.

Another issue is potential Neurological disorders. These can include poor cognitive development and lower IQ scores.

There are also other potential issues like acne, heart failure and reproductive issues that have been linked to higher levels of fluoride in your system.

So what is our take on this subject?

We feel that most of us who grew up in the “Fluoride Era” haven’t turned out too badly with regards to the potential issues listed above.  With optimal levels of fluoride in the system our teeth are much stronger and far less susceptible to decay.  This means that many people in their 30’s and 40’s are dental decay-free.  If taken in the correct dosages at the correct times (during tooth development) your teeth will be much stronger and better able to ward off decay. You can also supplement with topical fluoride which is found in most toothpastes. This will give a topical protection to your existing teeth.

So do I say Yes to Fluoride?

Yes, keep to the instructions of the fluoride package that you are using for your child.  Strong teeth will set your child up for a much healthier dental life.