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Fluoride Q & A


What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in water. The amount of fluoride in the water depends on where you live.

Is Fluoride Safe?

Fluoride has been controversial for a long time. However, there is no conclusive evidence to suggest that fluoride is harmful. The amount of fluoride is tightly controlled in countries that intentionally add it to drinking water. Public health society say it is unlikely to cause any serious health conditions or problems.

The Benefits Of Fluoride.

Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay and is most effective when applied directly to the teeth. It fights the bacteria living in your mouth by balancing out minerals from the tooth enamel. This fights the cavities and helps to protect the tooth.

Why Is Fluoride In Toothpaste?

Brushing your teeth thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste is one of the most effective ways of preventing tooth decay. Most toothpastes contain fluoride but some have higher strengths than others. Mouthwash should not be used at the same time as brushing as this can wash away the toothpaste.

Why Do We Use Fluoride In The Dental Practice?

Fluoride is applied to both baby and adult teeth by the dentist. We do this by painting a clear varnish on to the surface of the tooth every six months. Application is recommended more often for children with a high rate of tooth decay.  We provide this service from the age of three. The advice we offer is not to eat or drink for thirty minutes after the varnish is applied.