Fluoride in water brings up a lot of debate in the Brisbane community. Is it good, or is it bad, or just plain ugly? We ask Dr. Joe Nemeth. who’s a periodontist, and we’re going to talk about fluoride today. The good, and the bad, Dr. Joe Nemeth is living in Michigan grand rapids, Michigan, which was the first city in the United States to have fluoridated water. So the CDC has said that community water fluoridation has been one of the best public health achievements of the 20th century. And certainly, it has done a lot of good for a lot of people.
There are a lot fewer cavities around because when fluoride is incorporated into the tooth structure of developing. It makes the teeth more resistant, and more immune to developing cavities. Also, sometimes fluoride can be applied in the dental office and in the dental office in a concentrated form.
It can even be a benefit to a doctor. And fluoridated toothpaste may be of sudden benefit to adults also in the fact that it’s concentrated and it’s there for a short period of time and may help to minimize decay and perhaps root sensitivity. So. We know that it’s good. As far as reducing cavities is concerned, that’s very important, but you know, what’s really interesting is recently the CDC, and this is recent so that 40% of young children who are using.
Fluoridated toothpaste and most toothpaste they’re using are fluoridated using too much-fluoridated toothpaste. So what happens is when they use too much, these young children end up ingesting some of the toothpaste. So when they ingest the floor data toothpaste combined with fluoridated water, then it can actually cause problems with the teeth. They can get what’s called fluorosis.
It can cause spots on the teeth. It can cause aesthetic problems with the teeth. If it’s severe, it can cause pitting and actual loss of the enamel. So now they recommending that very, very, very little toothpaste, just barely let, perhaps less than a drop is used for young children, because they’re going to end up ingesting some.
And if they ingest it and the water for data, it can cause fluorosis or problems with the teeth. Now, fluoridated water doesn’t necessarily benefit adults. It only really is of significant benefit while the teeth are developing in young children. Once those teeth are fully developed and the fluoride is incorporated into the teeth, it’s not going to do much of anything for adults, which is why some communities have stopped fluoridating their water.
This is also why we here in Brisbane at Jila Water find clients coming to us looking for a whole-house solution to remove the fluoride that’s found in their normal day-to-day drinking water.
And when they did, the decay rate in children did go up. So. It does help prevent cavities. What other issues might be of concern with fluoride in the water, particularly excessive fluoride? Well, it’s absorbed by the pineal gland as much as it is by the bones. And can that have an effect on the pioneer gland?
Possibly. It also can have an effect on the thyroid. So that if a lot of it is absorbed, it may inhibit the functioning of the thyroid gland to some extent. So overall, is it helpful for adults to have fluoride in drinking water? Well, I don’t know. I’m not really a fan of having the government introduce chemicals or other agents that they consider therapeutic into my drinking water unless it sterilizes, they will, our water like chlorinating the water, which is very important to do. But other than that, you know, it does help with cavities. But as an adult, I don’t know that I want to be drinking water that has fluoride added to it myself.
See, what’s here’s, what’s interesting to see. The CDC said it was one of the greatest advances in public health measures in the 20th century. But now, in the 21st century, they’re finding that the kids are using it to an excessive degree and are getting fluorosis of the teeth, which they did never mention before.
So it’s like, okay here, they’re saying it’s great. Now they’re saying it can be a problem. If the kids are using fluoride-based toothpaste, it can be good. We know that it can help prevent cavities. The bad is if it’s overdone, it can cause fluorosis of the teeth. The ugly is sometimes those teeth that have fluorosis can actually be pretty ugly, which is probably why a number of people are very conscious of their teeth.
What they’re consuming is now drinking bottled water that may not have any fluoride in it at any rate. That’s my take on fluoride. The important thing is to keep a healthy mouth. You will have a healthier body, so check out our blog from time to time. We’ll try to keep you updated on everything that’s going on, and have a great day to restore your smile and your health.
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