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Fluoride – Are We Getting Too Much?

For the first time in almost 50 years the federal government will reduce the recommended levels for fluoride in water supplies. While fluoride in drinking water is credited with slashing the rates of tooth decay it seems that some kids are getting too much.

About 40% of adolescents have spots or streaks on their teeth because of too much fluoride. It is not enough to cause harm and the effect is generally considered cosmetic.  This condition, called bluorosis, appears to have grown much more common since the 1980’s.  The upside has been that tooth decay among teens in the US has dropped from 90% having at least one cavity to 60%. In Britain, only about 10% of the population has fluoridated water and in recent years the UK has tried to add fluoride to communities with the worst dental health.

Fluoride is now added to toothpastes, mouth rinses and in many cases children are also given fluoride supplements which can lead to too much fluoride for some.

Fluoride remains controversial and this latest announcement will surely cause another round of arguments about fluoride in municipal water supplies.

Even if you don’t have cavities you may be unhappy with your smile because of discoloration or misshapen or missing teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can give you the smile you have always dreamed of!  Please contact StoneRidge Dental Care, conveniently located in Gahanna, Ohio, at 614-476-6696 to schedule your consultation today.