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is toothpaste without fluoride bad or useless?

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Dr. Joy Poskozim
Specializes in Dentistry
Fluoride is good!: Fluoride is a tried and true way of preventing cavities. I recommend Fluoride toothpastes for those who are old enough to spit and up. Xylitol, also a natural ingredient, is a plant-based sugar-alcohol that has recently been added to toothpastes. Studies show it too can reduce chances of cavities. Diet, still, is the #1 way to prevent cavities. Brushing twice daily also is necessary.
Dr. Peter Flaherty
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Neither: Non-fluoridated toothpaste is neither bad nor useless. But, it is not as effective at preventing tooth decay as toothpaste with fluoride.
Dr. Alan Atlas
Cosmetic Dentistry 35 years experience
Less effective: The mechanical action of toothbrushing will remove food debris and plaque but the Fluoride remineralizes damaged enamel and may inhibit bacterial metabolism and prevent tooth decay.
Dr. Matthew Teich
Cosmetic Dentistry 34 years experience
Fluoride is not bad: Fluoride at low dose is not problematic and has basically eliminated large amounts of decay.

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Does too much fluoride cause growth delay?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not reported: Fluoride is an essential element needed for healthy bone & teeth development.In areas where groundwater has high levels, a mottled staining of teeth is common and some bony changes are reported. Growth delay has not been a listed effect. Acute injestion ( eating multiple tubes of fluoridated toothpaste) can lead to a variety of problems including death.
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What are the proven effects of fluoride?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Strengthen enamel: Every meal, most drinks, and snacks create damage via acids or bacterial acids produced by the sugar intake. This causes demineralizatoin and loss of hydroxide from hydroxyapetite weakening the tooth. Fluoride replaces the lost mineral and forms a stronger fluorapetite. Remineralizes. However too much Fluoride during tooth developement can actually cause damage to the teeth.
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Health and wellness: is fluoride bad for you?

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Dr. Stanley Siu
Cosmetic Dentistry 17 years experience
Safe levels are ok: Epa has also set a secondary standard (smcl) for Fluoride at 2.0 mg/l or 2.0 ppm. Most dentists recommend the use of Fluoride to help keep your teeth strong, healthy & more resistant to cavities. The american dental association, epa, & the who (world health orgnanization) have determined that safe levels of Fluoride are safe.
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What is luride (fluoride)?

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Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
A fluoride suppl.: Luride (fluoride) is a specific brand of dietary Fluoride supplement that is often prescribe for children who live in Fluoride deficient areas to help strengthen their tooth enamel.
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What are the proven side effects of using fluoride (at normal doses)?

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Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice 41 years experience
Less cavities: Lower chance of tooth decay.

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