As an Oral Surgeon, I often get asked about fluoride – what it is, how it works, and whether or not it’s safe. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about fluoride, so I thought I’d clear up some facts and debunk a few common myths.
Fluoride is Not a Chemical.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in soil, water, and certain foods. It has been scientifically proven to prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel. For this reason, fluoride is often added to dental products like toothpaste, mouthwash, and professional cleaning solutions. The levels of fluoride that are added to the water supply and toothpaste are carefully regulated to ensure that they are safe for consumption.
Everyone Need Fluoride!
While it’s true that children are more susceptible to cavities and other dental issues, adults need fluoride too. In fact, as we get older, our teeth can become more porous and susceptible to decay. Regular fluoride treatments can help keep them healthy and strong.
But What About Dental Implants?
Since dental implants are artificial roots and teeth made of materials like titanium and porcelain, there is some concern that fluoride may damage the implants or bonding agent used during implant placement.
However, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), fluoride is safe for dental implants. The materials used for implants are not affected by fluoride, and there is no evidence that fluoride causes any harm to the implants or surrounding tissues.
That said, it is important to follow your dentist’s recommendations for fluoride use, especially if you have dental implants. Using too much fluoride could potentially cause fluorosis, a condition where excess fluoride causes white spots or discoloration on teeth.
In conclusion, fluoride is not harmful to dental implants and can even help prevent decay in the remaining natural teeth. As always, it is important to consult with your oral health professional and follow their recommendations for proper oral hygiene and fluoride use.