Fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical compound. Small amounts of fluoride are found in water, food, and many other substances. Many communities in Canada adjust the fluoride levels of their drinking water to bolster the oral health of the public and prevent tooth decay.
Decades of scientific research has demonstrated that fluoride is not only safe and beneficial, it is one of the most essential components of improving the oral health of Canadians during the past 50 years.
In recent years, some activist groups have been making claims about the supposed health risks of fluoride, objecting to its use in drinking water. Many of these fluoride opponents are using suspect research, scare tactics, and arguments that are based on myths and misconceptions.
While fluoride is safe for everyone, parents of small children should be careful to use toothpaste specifically formulated for children. When young children swallow too much fluoride, it can cause dental fluorosis, a type of tooth discolouration, which can result in minor complications. This is one of the reasons we teach kids not to swallow their toothpaste and suggest that parents only use toothpaste specially formulated for children with lower amounts of fluoride.
Credible scientific research has proved that fluoride is safe and beneficial. Regularly drinking fluoridated water and using toothpaste with fluoride help protect your teeth from cavities and lowers long-term dental care costs.
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