Monday, May 10, 2010

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, May 10, 2010

I received a response on my blog titled One Response to “The Fluoride Question.”  This responder said that fluoride is neither a nutrient nor essential for teeth, and that topical application of fluoride hardens tooth enamel.  That is all true.  After those statements, however, his response is flawed.  Modern science does show, without question, that ingested fluoride acts in much the same manner as topically applied fluoride.  Fluoride is incorporated into the crystal matrix which composes teeth.  This fluoride makes teeth harder and more resistant to acid.  In fact, many orthopedic surgeons and general physicians prescribe fluoride supplements to post-menopausal women because it decreases the chance of hip fracture.  Just as fluoride hardens teeth, so also does it harden bone throughout the skeletal system when taken systemically.

Everyone ingests fluoride on a regular basis.  Excess fluoride in natural drinking water of some southern states (Texas & Oklahoma) is removed from many municipal water supplies.

Optimum levels of fluoride, to prevent tooth decay, can be adjusted in public water supplies and is in most cities in the United States.  If, however, you live in an area with little or no fluoride in the water, your family dentist can supply systemic fluoride to achieve optimum levels to help prevent tooth decay.  At optimum levels, there are no known adverse effects to fluoride.  As with anything in excess, fluoride can actually stain teeth, but used with reason, fluoride can be most beneficial in promoting good oral health.

Fluoride was first introduced over 60 years ago to water supplies in this country.  Without question, fluoride is the best preventive measure, after brushing and flossing, used to prevent tooth decay.

Keep smiling!

Dr. Hood

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