Fluoride Myths and Facts

There have been many statements made about fluoride and its safety, enough to confuse people and make them ask questions. Dr. Fondriest, answers some of those questions and tries to clarify the myths and facts about fluoride.

Myth: Isn’t fluoride like taking a medication?

Fact: No. Fluoride is not a man made chemical. It is a mineral that is naturally found in nearly all water supplies, although not at optimal levels to help prevent decay. Many municipal water supplies are fortified with fluoride to help combat caries (tooth decay). Many other products you use every day are also fortified with vitamins and minerals to help keep Americans healthy, including salt (iodine), breads and cereals (folic acid), and milk (vitamin D).

Myth: Isn’t fluoride toxic for small children?

Fact: No. It has been recommended by the American Academy of Family Physicians that parents with children at high risk for caries, with non-fluoridated water, provide fluoride supplements to children beginning at 6 months of age to 16 years. It has been proven that middle-aged adults that consumed fluoridated water since childhood, experience less tooth decay, and tooth loss due to decay.

Myth: Can’t fluoride cause cancer and other health problems?

Fact: There has been no links established between fluoride and cancer or other health issues.  Numerous research studies have been conducted over the years. The American Academy of Family Physicians, the Institute of Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all approve the use of fluoride in water as an effective and safe strategy for fighting childhood caries.

Learn more about the positives and negatives of fluoride

Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is a former adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.