Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound that is used in dental care as a way to prevent tooth decay. There are small amounts of fluoride that occur naturally in drinking water, food, and many other substances that people live with every day.
Most toothpastes contain fluoride, and many visits to the dentist will include a fluoride treatment. In addition to its use in dental products, many communities in Canada adjust the fluoride levels of their drinking water as a way to improve the oral health of the public.
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) stands in favour of using fluoride as an essential component of public health and as a way to reduce the harm caused by tooth decay. Simply put, fluoride results in fewer cavities and lower long-term dental care costs.
Is Fluoride Safe?
Many decades of scientific research shows that fluoride is the main reason oral health has improved over the past 50 years. Fluoride is safe and beneficial. It improves the health of our teeth.
What about Those Who Say Fluoride is Dangerous?
Over the past 60 years, fluoride has been proven to reduce tooth decay and cavities. In recent years, some activist groups have been making claims about supposed health risks. Many of these opponents are using suspect research, scare tactics, and arguments that are based on myths and misconceptions.
Should Children Use Fluoride?
Parents of small children should be careful not to let their children use too much fluoride. When young children swallow too much fluoride, it can cause dental fluorosis, a type of tooth discolouration. (This is one of the reasons why we teach kids not to swallow their toothpaste.) Use a specially formulated children’s toothpaste that has a lower amount of fluoride.
Where Can I Get More Information?
The Canadian Dental Association has information called Fluoride FAQs (https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/faqs/fluoride_faqs.asp). This is a great resource if you have any concerns about fluoride and want to learn more.
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