We support the conservative use of fluoride in our office.

We support the conservative use of fluoride in our office.

On April 15th, 2014, posted in: Dental Education for Patients by

We support the conservative use of fluoride in our office; however we respect your rights as a patient to refuse fluoride treatments and products.

Why do we support fluoride use?

-We believe in Evidence Based Research.  This means that all of the decisions about treatments and products that we use in our office are backed by multiple studies that are Peer Reviewed.  A Peer Reviewed study is one where the research is subject to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field, before a paper describing this work is published in a journal. Peer review requires a community of experts in a given field, who are qualified and able to perform impartial review.

-Fluoride is beneficial to your teeth in two ways: When your teeth are forming, the enamel or outer layer of the tooth is strengthened by low levels of fluoride, and is therefore less susceptible to decay.  Secondly, exposure to fluoride in water, toothpastes and in office treatments can actually remineralize enamel- this means it can actually heal enamel that has early decay in it.  This can prevent the need for drilling of the tooth and the placement of artificial dental filling materials, which will never be a substitute for natural tooth.

-The research in support of the safe and conservative use of fluoride is overwhelming.  Because of this, fluoride use is supported by the following large and reputable organizations:

-American Dental Association

-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

-American Medical Association

-American Academy of Pediatrics

-US Surgeon General

-American Association of Public Health Dentistry

-American Public Health Association

-National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

-World Health Organization

-International Association of Dental Research

-Fluoride in water is natural.  Fluoride is found in streams, lakes and the ocean.   The benefits for fluoride in teeth were discovered because of the lack of tooth decay in people living in naturally fluoridated areas.  However, the natural water that some people drink is over-fluoridated.  Therefore the levels need to be regulated to a lower, safer level.  We support fluoridation in water at the lowest level that is considered safe, which is 0.7 parts per million. We also support the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to review their current limits on unregulated water.  The EPA has previously said that 4 parts per million in areas where fluoride is not regulated is safe, but recent research has shown that this level may be too high.  The EPA is currently reviewing this standard.

We welcome you to look through the research available in our office about fluoride.  Again, we support your right to formulate your own opinion and refuse fluoride exposure in our office.  Please just let us know, and we will be happy to accommodate you.