Fluoride Removed from Drinking Water, Am I at Risk?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

In the news recently, you may have heard about how the City of Calgary has decided to remove fluoride from the drinking water. While there are a lot of theories out there about how this will affect your teeth, it is important to note that studies on the matter are currently ongoing. The existing studies regarding fluoride and oral health are outdated; therefore, new research is underway to answer this very question.

While you are waiting to know the latest on the subject, you are likely to have concerns – especially with news reports stating that there are more cavities in children because of the lack of fluoride. It is best you speak with your family dentist about these concerns and follow up with regular teeth cleaning in Calgary to ensure your family’s oral health is monitored.

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a natural mineral. It can help prevent cavities by:

  • Helping the growing bones and teeth development of children, hardening the tooth enamel, and protecting adult teeth before they emerge in young children.
  • Helping harden the enamel on adult teeth.

Fluoride demineralizes and then remineralizes the teeth; helping strengthen and preventing dissolution of the enamel.

Is My Family’s Oral Health at Risk?

Fluoride is important, but a Calgary dentist must first examine your mouth to see if there are any signs of decay. If you are brushing your teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste, you are getting a daily dose of fluoride. Without fluoride in drinking water, your dentist in Calgary may prescribe fluoride tablets or drops if you or your child’s daily intake of fluoride is too low.

It is important to take care of your teeth, regardless of whether or not there is fluoride in the drinking water. Children as young as six months should see their Calgary pediatric dentist regularly to make sure their teeth are growing and developing correctly.

Abougoush Family Dental in Calgary is currently accepting new patients. We can help monitor your child’s oral health from as early as six months of age, as well as monitor the teeth of adults in your family to ensure everyone is getting enough fluoride. We want you to maintain the best oral health throughout your lifetime.

Schedule your appointment for teeth cleaning in Calgary or to meet with our family dentist for a fluoride assessment. Give us a call at 403-289-7370 today.

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