Is fluoride safe?

By Seasons of Smiles Dental | Feb 06, 2014
Photo by: Seasons of Smiles Dental Why Dentists love fluoride.

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Anytime a child has their teeth cleaned in our office, the question is always asked, "Is it OK if we apply fluoride to your child's teeth?" I notice there are many times the parent hesitates to have the fluoride treatment for their children's teeth.

Parents concern: is fluoride safe?

Through the years I think I have heard many of the theories against Fluoride. "It's all about money, the dental industry is ripping off the general public." As a dentist on this side of the fence, trust me, nobody in the dental industry is getting rich off of fluoride.

Or how about this one? "Fluoride causes cancer". This one is hard to argue with.  From what I understand a lot of quality research has been conducted asking this question.  The majority of the results imply that fluoride is safe.  There are some studies with rats that imply otherwise.  There is considerable debate whether or not these rat studies apply to humans.  Are there risks with fluoride? I think they are minuscule.  Are there risks getting out of bed? The risks are minimal and I think the benefits of fluoride far outweigh the risks.

Of all the theories I've heard, this one is my favorite, "It was one ingredient from the atomic bomb." You can't help but chuckle.  By the way, that last quote is a text I received from a friend, word for word.  You can almost see the swastika banner flying in the background.  How do you answer these comments and concerns?

Why do dentists love fluoride?

For discussions sake, let's look at some photos: One of our kids came through the office recently, and although she is not my child,  we do think of her as one of our own. Many would consider her a young woman in her early 20's, but since she has been coming to our office for years, though she is an adult in every sense of the word, she will always be one of our kids.

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Her teeth are beautiful. They had, in my opinion, that perfect frosty white appearance,  which implies the perfect amount of fluoride through the years. Not only are they beautiful, but because of the fluoride that was present while the teeth were developed, the teeth are harder.  Harder teeth don't get holes.  The harder the tooth, less holes, less fillings.

Fluoride makes the tooth harder.

Not only did she get fluoride at the dental office, she probably had it in her toothpaste. I'm just speculating, but I do know that she was raised on well water. Is there fluoride in Maine's artesian wells? It can vary, but I think so. Again I'm speculating, but for discussions sake, when mom prepared meals such as soup, she made the soup with fluoridated water. The child ingests the fluoride and the fluoride percolated through her blood stream, making the developing tooth harder. Because of fluoride from the dental office, toothpaste and drinking water.  This young lady will have healthy beautiful teeth for years to come.

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Norman Medina DDS
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Camden, Maine 04843
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Norman Medina | Jan 19, 2014 09:44

Hello Jack Fortune,

Have you ever heard debates between pro-choice and pro-life? Debates that never seem to convince those who have already made up their minds? Some of those debates can get downright mean.

I fear it’s the same between the pro-fluoride and the anti-fluoride groups.

Just for discussions sake, did you see the pictures posted? I would like to think that this young lady has a good chance of having healthy teeth, that in her lifetime she will never have to get a root canal, a mercury filling, and there is a good chance she will never ever need to have a tooth removed. Are there risks with fluoride? I think the rewards far out weigh the risks.

By the way I did a search on what the CDC says about fluoride.

For 65 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay. CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

Taken from cdc.gov.

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