Fluoride - Friend or Foe?
Short answer: FRIEND
You've probably heard a lot about Fluoride. It's in tap water, in toothpaste, in the environment. There have been some scary studies about Fluoride - you may have read about a (VERY FLAWED) Harvard article linking Fluoride to brain issues (here's an explanation of that article).
Fluoride is just like so many things in life (vitamins, fats, Keeping Up With The Kardashians) - beneficial in moderate doses, but too much of it can be a bad thing. Fluoride especially provides great benefits to your teeth - it makes them stronger, more likely to resist cavity formation, and can even help "heal" tiny cavities. Fluoridating community water was one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century - it reduces cavities in children and adults by 25%.
Getting too much fluoride can result in fluorosis - a condition (usually aesthetic) in which the teeth are intrinsically stained white or brown. Talk with us to determine if your child is getting enough fluoride or too much fluoride.