Fluoride, as a chemical which is commonly added to toothpaste, has a unique ability to prevent tooth decay. That’s why fluoride has been widely added to water supplies to improve dental health. But does this really help? In this article we will go through the positive and negative effects of fluoride.
Fluoride helps prevents dental cavities
Cavities are caused by bacteria living in mouth. They produce some kinds of acids which damage the outer layer of teeth. Fluoride kills the bacteria which is the major source of these cavities.
Using too much of fluoride may cause fluorosis which can be dental fluorosis or skeletal fluorosis. In dental fluorosis the appearance of tooth may change, while in skeletal fluorosis is a bone disease.
Harmful Effects of Fluoride
Fluoride causes bone fracture. Under specific conditions, fluoride may weaken the bones and increases the risk of bone fracture.
Fluoride may cause a kind of cancer called Osteosarcoma. In young individuals and especially males, this kind of cancer is common and it effects the large bones in the body.
Fluoride may affect developing human brain, specifically the emotional side of the brain.
Overall, fluoride can be safe if it’s used in the right way and not excessively. As spoken, it has some side effects which using alternative nutrients may be very much recommended.
Neem, coconut oil, ozonated olive oil, oregano oil and myrrh are good alternatives for fluoride.
Consulting your dentist is always recommended. Dr. Sam Saadat, in a free consultation session, can help you examine your body’s behavior to fluoride.