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Everything in Moderation (Including Fluoride)

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

While fluoride is essential for creating a healthy, thick enamel layer on teeth, if too much of it is present, especially at a key point in a child’s dental development, a condition called fluorosis can occur. This condition presents itself most commonly in children as old as nine in the form of discoloration of teeth, usually in the form of solid white spots or streaks on the teeth.

Fear not, though, the amount of fluoride required to cause this is higher than what’s normally found in drinking water and fluoridation fo water has been demonstrated to reduce the number of cavities in the community significantly. Still, the CDC estimates that twenty five percent of the population aged 6-49 have some degree of fluorosis. This demonstrates the importance of making sure your child doesn’t swallow fluoridated mouth wash or toothpaste.

Researchers have found that when enamel cells were exposed to higher than average levels of fluoride, they started behaving in a way that lead to the formation of the enamel crystals that are found in fluorosis. Exposing kidney cells to similar levels of fluoride seemed to not have a smilier impact. This research helps uncover the mechanism behind fluorosis and, armed with this knowledge, researchers might be able to better combat it in the future.

Oct
28

Wax On vs. Wax Off

If you’ve ever shopped for dental floss – and you really should – you may have noticed that there are two varieties of nylon floss sold: waxed and unwaxed. Although most people prefer the sturdiness of floss coated in wax, many find that the added layer of wax can sometimes be difficult to comfortably fit […]

Oct
23

What Your Bone Type Could Mean For Dental Implant Treatment

“It depends.” That’s probably an answer you will often hear if you’re considering getting dental implants. This is because there are so many things to consider when placing a dental implant. One of the many considerations that your dentist needs to take into account before placing a dental implant is what type of bone you […]

Oct
15

The Battleground At the Root of An Infected Tooth

When a tooth is so badly infected that the bacteria make their way through the entire tooth and reach the gums beneath, the result is a painful infection at the base of the tooth (known as a periapical lesion). In addition to the general inflammatory pain at the site of infection, any pressure applied on […]

Oct
8

Please, Please, Please Don’t File Down Your Teeth

We’ve seen a disturbing trend on TikTok where people, mostly teens, have been filing down their front teeth in order to make them ‘even’ or ‘straight’. We can’t believe we have to say this, but please don’t do it. We can’t stress enough just how bad this is, but let’s discuss the gruesome details of […]

Oct
1

The Time Right After Your Tooth-Whitening Treatment is Critical

Teeth bleaching has been shown to be an effective and lasting treatment for stained teeth time and again. With the right treatment protocols, some patients even report white teeth lasting for a year or more. But regardless of which tooth bleaching treatment you get, here are some things to know if you want to maximize […]

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