When fluoridation was first implemented in America in the 50s and 60s, there was a lot of controversy surrounding it. Many people cited false studies about the connection between fluoridation and AIDS, cancer, low IQ, or even arthritis. But it has all been proven false, as nearly 70% of America is drinking fluoridated water. One thing has occurred, however – a drop in tooth decay.
Initial studies of the effects of fluoridated water on teeth showed a decrease of 50% - 60% in childhood tooth decay. And the added fluorine has no impact on the water’s appearance, taste, or smell. This helps prevent future problems in teeth, especially for people living in areas where the financial aspect of dental care is a bit daunting.
The fluoride works by binding to your tooth’s enamel, and aiding in the remineralization of enamel. If the tooth’s enamel is weakened from early stages of decay, that fluoride boost will help repair and regrow the damaged minerals. And any fluoride not used by your teeth is effortlessly discarded by your body.
Fluoridated water has no known adverse effects on your body. There is a cosmetic risk of having too much fluorine called fluorosis. Dental fluorosis appears as bright white streaks on the surface of the teeth, and has no impact on the health or structure of the teeth. And while the streaks are rarely noticeable, dental procedures can reduce their appearance.
Recent studies have shown a trend of water fluoridation in high levels being linked to underactive thyroids in England. However, there are no definite conclusions that fluoride is to be blamed, and another yet unknown cause is likely the blame.
If you have any questions about the benefits of fluoride on your teeth, feel free to ask your friendly Valencia dentist. We are here to put your mind at ease.