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what is fluoride for?

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Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry 58 years experience
Fluoride: Fluoride, for dental uses, is a chemical element that, when properly applied to tooth enamel, makes that enamel more resistant to being disolved by the acids tooth decay germs produce that create caries (cavities) Fluoride (Fl) can also become part of the tooth structure if it is ingested by children during the time their teeth are forming..
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Fluoride: Fluoride is used to make the teeth harder and more resistant to decay. It becomes incorporated into the enamel structure, replacing a hydroxyl group in the enamel crystal structure. Because it is a bigger atom it makes the enamel harder for acids to attack and destroy the enamel.
Dr. Oswald Cameron-Morales
Dentistry 42 years experience
Fights decay: Fluoride is s natural mineral found in many foods and water. Tooth enamel looses minerals by the action of acids on the tooth( demineralization ) resulting in decay. Fluoride helps to replace some of those minerals ( remineralization) . However controversy exist on the use of fluoride due to its possible toxic effects in the body.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Fluoride: In dentistry, fluoride is used to strengthen the outer surface of the tooth- the enamel, and in some cases to reduce sensitivity.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Fluoride is mineral: that is proven to protect against tooth decay.

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What is luride (fluoride)?

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Luride (fluoride): This is fluoride.
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What percentage of fluoride is unsafe?

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Dentistry 46 years experience
That Depends on Age: Fluoride as it comes in toothpaste and anti-cavity otc mouthrinses (act or fluorigard) are safe. For young kids below age 5, one has to be careful of the child swallowing a full tube. For adults with high decay rates, from radiation, medication or age-related dry mouth symptoms, Fluoride with 5000 parts per million (1000 times the level of normal toothpastes) are prescribed and care is needed.
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A 42-year-old male asked:

Does fluoride block your pineal gland?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
No.: Not sure where that comes from, but it is not true. Fluoride can be seen in the aged pineal gland along with other minerals.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What do you think about fluoride?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Great: I was young when floride was put in the water. I drank lots of water since my grandfather told me to, pulling out his complete dentures to demonstrate the consequences of not. I ate lots of candy and junk food and have no cavities at 58. My parents and older sibs all have lots of cavities and some needed partial dentures. I would not buy toothpaste without it as my current water is without flo
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A 24-year-old male asked:

Can I apply fluoride Varnish myself?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Of course, you can: According to the FDA administration, fluoride varnish is under the category of “drugs” that presents minimal risk and is subject to the lowest level of regulation. Is safe and well tolerated by infants, young children, and adults. Ask your dentist for more information.

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