Fluoride

A natural shield against tooth decay.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used for many years to prevent and slow tooth decay. It comes in a variety of forms and functions. Fluoride at the dentist can be in the form of polish, rinse, or foam and are used to add a layer of protection to the enamel (tooth surface) for up to three months. At home, fluoride can be used in the form of toothpaste and mouthwash and is also found in drinking water. 


What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that can be found in soil, various foods, and both fresh and saltwater. Fluoride remineralizes the tooth surface, strengthening it and preventing against bacteria-causing decay. Fluoride is naturally found in as well as added to most public water in Canada.


Is fluoride bad for you?

There is a common misconception that fluoride is bad for you when in reality, it is very beneficial alongside proper oral care. Ingesting too much fluoride in childhood can cause dental fluorosis, however, it isn’t a hazard to your health. Children's toothpaste contains limited quantities of fluoride to avoid dental fluorosis. Dental fluorosis appears as small white specks on teeth in its most common form, in its mild form, it often goes unnoticed by children and parents. Other than dental fluorosis, there have been no known negative side effects to using fluoride.


Sources and types of fluoride:

Natural contact

  • Drinking water

At-home use

  • Fluoride toothpaste

  • Mouthwash​

At the dentist

 

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