What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in certain foods, lakes, rivers and oceans. In many regions around the world, it has been added to public water supplies. The population of these regions show considerably lower levels of dental decay in comparison to non-fluoridated areas.
Despite the overwhelmingly strong evidence of fluoride being completely safe and effective against preventing decay, there is often a lot of unfounded false claims about fluoride spreading across social media. It is imperative to note non-fluoridated toothpastes claiming to be effective against dental decay should be avoided.
How Does it Work?
Fluoride has the excellent property of being absorbed by the enamel of your teeth and significantly improving its strength. Decay occurs when the bacteria in plaque use the sugars in your mouth to produce acid which attacks your teeth. Fluoride ensures your teeth are more acid resistant and therefore less likely to experience dental decay. Brushing your teeth excellently twice a day with a fluoride free toothpaste, is simply not effective at protecting your teeth.
Fluoride would need to be consumed in excessively large amounts to have any potential adverse health effects on any individuals. These levels are considerably higher than you would find occurring naturally or within effective dental products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes. Consumers should not be fearful of fluoride; it has been extensively proven with countless scientific studies to have considerable health benefits with no adverse effects at these levels. There are simply no other ingredients which come close to having the benefits of fluoride.
What Concentration of Fluoride is Best?
As a general recommendation, children up to the age of 3 should be using a toothpaste containing no less than 1000ppm of fluoride. Children 3-6 years of age, should be using a toothpaste containing more than 1000ppm of fluoride. From the age of 7 and above, individuals should be using a toothpaste containing 1350-1500ppm of fluoride. For those patients with active decay, certain dental appliances, dry mouth or other predisposing factors such as special needs, should consult their dentist for specific advice on the optimum concentration of fluoride to protect your oral health.
As part of our mission here at Tongue’s, we wanted to dispel this misconception of fluoride. Our plastic free products have been carefully designed to simultaneously protect your health and our planet. We would never choose any ingredients which would cause harm to either, including naturally occurring fluoride.