Since the 1960’s and 1970’s, the majority of Australian drinking water were fluoridated, a program where the levels of naturally occurring fluoride in the water in increased to strengthen teeth against tooth decay, resulting in healthier teeth and dental health. Flouiride is so important to achieving dental health that in fact the US Centers for Disease Control state that the, “Fluoridation of drinking water…one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century”.
As well as drinking fluoridated water and always using fluoride toothpaste, fluoride treatment at Somerset Dental, Narellan can actually reverse the effects of acid attacks on your teeth. A dental fluoride treatment can help to strengthen the structure of the tooth by ‘remineralising’ it, so that the damage is repaired and the tooth becomes more resistant to acid.
After your dental fluoride treatment and between dental visits, there are things you can be doing at home to maximise the long lasting benefits of your fluoride treatment.
- Brushing your teeth right – Brushing your teeth, twice a day for 2-3 minutes each time is important to keep your mouth clean, fresh and healthy.
- Using fluoride toothpaste – Fluoride is the most important ingredient in toothpaste. While most toothpastes on the market include fluoride, some natural toothpastes do not. Check the ingredients list on your toothpaste if you are unsure.
- Flossing – Cleaning between your teeth with floss prevents small pieces of food from becoming lodged and decaying the surrounding teeth
- Diet – What you eat and drink have a large impact on the health of your teeth. A well balanced diet is good for your general health as well as your dental health.
Dental fluoride treatments are highly recommended to extend the protection of fluoride you are already getting from drinking water. Dental fluoride treatments are recommended as part of your regular dental hygiene and should be scheduled for every 6-months.
Our team at Somerset Dental can help with your oral health. Contact Somerset Dental on 4648 0909 and get the advice you need today.
Fluoride was introduced into Australian water supplies in the ‘60s and ‘70s, but there are still some concerns regarding the possible health risks of fluoride ingestion, especially given that 90% of Australians are consuming it! So, what is fluoride and – more importantly – is fluoride safe?
Fluoride is a natural mineral found in all water supplies that has been found to help prevent tooth decay. Due to this discovery, communities underwent water fluoridation where the naturally occurring fluoride in water supplies were topped up in order to help fight tooth decay. The practice of water fluoridation spread rapidly when it became clear that communities with higher levels of fluoride in their water enjoyed stronger teeth. In fact, studies conducted in 2012 by Australian researchers concluded that water fluoridation led to significant reductions in tooth decay worldwide!
Nonetheless, there are still some community concerns regarding the fluoride that is commonly found in drinking water and dental care products. Whereas the benefits of fluoride have been scientifically proven time and time again, concerns about the potential health hazards of fluoride have not been backed by any field experts or research. In fact, organisations such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Australian Consumers Association (CHOICE) all herald fluoride as an effective means of maintaining your health. The World Health Organization (WHO) went as far to declare that “universal access to fluoride for dental health is a part of the basic human right to life.”
With very little evidence supporting the claim that fluoride is a health hazard, and solid scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of fluoride in maintaining oral health, it’s safe to say that it is not only safe to use but also a recommended part of your oral care routine. In fact, it is already a natural ingredient in the water you drink and the oral care products you use daily!
Simply put, you needn’t worry about fluoride. It is safe, and is only helping to fight the war on tooth decay, and you may not even know it.
If you still have any questions regarding fluoride and your health, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Somerset Dental Care today.