Fluoride Treatments in Bloomingdale
Fluoride, a mineral found naturally in some foods and in water, can be
a great tool for the strengthening of tooth enamel and the prevention
of tooth decay. Incorporating fluoride into your dental routine carries
a variety of benefits.
What is tooth decay?
Tooth decay occurs when minerals are being stripped from the teeth (demineralization)
faster than they are being deposited (remineralization). Over time, enough
material can be lost that the tooth itself becomes compromised, leading
to decay and sometimes, cavities and infections.
How does fluoride work?
Fluoride works by making teeth more resistant to decay caused by acid and
sugars. This is accomplished through a process called remineralization,
where minerals like fluoride are deposited onto the enamel of teeth to
replace what is lost through day to day use.
Am I getting enough fluoride?
Fluoride exists naturally in many foods and in water. However, some modern
conveniences like bottled water and water filtrations systems can reduce
the quantity of fluoride you and your family are exposed to.
Some states add fluoride to the public water supply. For more information
fluoridated water systems, you can now visit the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) website. The new feature, “My Water`s Fluoride,”
allows consumers in participating states to check out basic information
about their water system, including the number of people served by the
system and the target fluoridation level.
Optimal levels recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service and CDC for
drinking water range from 0.7 parts per million (ppm) for warmer climates,
to 1.2 ppm for cooler climates. The difference in quantities exists in
observation of the tendency to consume more water in warmer climates.
States that are currently participating include Arizona, Colorado, Delaware,
Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan,
Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,
ADA statement on FDA toothpaste warning labels
The American Dental Association`s Council on Scientific Affairs believes
that the warning now required on fluoride toothpastes by the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) could unnecessarily frighten parents and children,
and that the label greatly overstates any demonstrated or potential danger
posed by fluoride toothpastes. The labels, now required on all fluoride
toothpastes, warn consumers that, “If you accidentally swallow more
than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control
center immediately.” The American Dental Association, however, points
out that a child could not absorb enough fluoride from toothpaste to cause
a serious problem and that the excellent safety record on fluoride toothpaste
argues against any unnecessary regulation.