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What Does Fluoride Do For Your Teeth
Certainly: Fluoride mouth rinses help reduce and prevent tooth decay. Clinical studies have demonstrated that use of a Fluoride mouth rinse and Fluoride toothpaste can provide extra protection against tooth decay over that provided by Fluoride toothpaste alone. Fluoride mouth rinse is not recommended for children age six or younger because they may swallow the rinse. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is fluoride good for your teeth? There are documented facts to show fluoride if harmful to your teeth. Can you verify this? Thanks!
Experience says yes: I trained way back in the early days of fluoridated water supplies. Pre-fluoride patients would come into my office with "silver mines" in their mouths...Ear to ear silver fillings. Decay ravaged occlusions, causing tooth loss and damage to other teeth. Today with fluorides and sealants children have much less decay, do not know what it is to get a novacaine shot or to have a tooth drilled. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My baby is seven months old. Which toothpaste is best for him? He has two teeth on the bottom. Fluoride or no fluoride?Which is the recommended brand here in canada?
Avoid fluoride: Because the kids frequently swallow this material, you want to avoid Fluoride toothpaste until they are about 3 & you have cautioned them to spit it out. The ingested Fluoride can interfere with bone formation & cause irregular enamel formation on teeth yet to emerge. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Topical strength: As an adult, the Fluoride in the drinking water washes your teeth with the Fluoride ion. The Fluoride reacts with the surface of your teeth making them less soluble in acid. Acid is what causes cavities. For children, the Fluoride not only washes over the existing teeth but is also incorporated in the developing teeth. Fluoride is one of the greatest scientific discoveries of our time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What happens if fluoride is essential for tooth health then how come the years before it was used teeth survived?
Fluoride is helpful: Fluoride is not essential but it is very helpful. Topical fluoride from your dentist or in your toothpaste helps prevent cavities. Ingested fluoride such as in water, is only helpful to developing teeth, as in a toddlers growing teeth. Before the use of fluoride, people generally had decaying and bad teeth. ...Read more
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