Dental Tips Blog

Sep
22

Could In-Utero Fluoride Exposure Affect Cognitive Development?

A study by Environmental Health Perspectives (EPH) released in September 2017 suggested a link between high fluoride levels during pregnancy and subsequent low IQ scores in the babies born.

299 mother-child pairs in Mexico were followed for 12 years following the birth of the babies. The children were tested twice for intelligence according to standardized measurements. Samples of the mothers’ urine were analyzed for fluoride content.

There was a pattern indicating that kids’ IQ scores dipped lower in proportion with their moms’ increased levels of fluoride. Above 0.8 milligrams per liter, every 0.5 milligram increase was mirrored by a drop in the intelligence score.

Before you throw out your fluoride toothpaste in a panic, consider these facts:

  • Mexican mothers tested were exposed to fluoride via supplemented salt and dental products, not fluoridated water. They averaged levels of 0.9 mg/L in their urine.
  • The US Department of Health and Human Services has regulated water fluoridation to no more than 0.7 mg/L.
  • Developing babies are extremely sensitive to many minerals in large amounts, including iron and folate
  • There is no evidence fluoride affects children the way it may affect babies still developing in the womb
  • Many other naturally-occurring elements in “healthy” sources can prove toxic in high amounts, such as thiocyanate in kale
  • Even the researchers involved in this study admit that more and larger studies are necessary to prove the connection

If you use fluoride products according to the age-appropriate recommendations your dentist gives, then your family will be safe. As far as pregnancy goes, it’s best to contact your doctor or obstetrician for more information on safe fluoride use until more data becomes available.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Aug
3

How Fluoride Can Damage Kids’ Teeth

Is fluoride good for kids or not? There is a lot of information out there on behalf of both schools of thought. Some people believe that fluoride is a toxin while others advocate it passionately.

What do you know about how fluoride affects teeth?

Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found all over the world. It’s an established fact that it strengthens enamel, but since it isn’t vital for life, it’s not considered a vitamin.

Cavities start when tooth enamel is worn down through a process called demineralization. Fluoride reinforces enamel to make it resistant to acids and bacteria.

Because fluoride is so good for building up tooth defenses, it’s good for kids to get plenty while their teeth are still developing.

But opponents of the mineral point to something called “dental fluorosis” to illustrate why the mineral is potentially dangerous.

What is Dental Fluorosis?

Dental fluorosis is when too much fluoride is ingested during tooth development, causing incomplete enamel formation. The affected teeth may sport just a few chalky spots of decalcification or, in extreme cases, be mottled brown and pitted.

While these affected teeth are plenty resistant to cavities, they lose their potentially luminous appearance.

Why it Matters When the Exposure Occurs

Depending on how much fluoride a person is exposed to and when, the degree of fluorosis can vary. Typically, from birth until age 6 or 7 kids are most vulnerable to the effects of fluoride. After that point, the teeth are fully developed and cannot be adversely affected by fluoride any longer.

Young children need to have their fluoride levels carefully monitored. Some of this mineral, both topical and ingestible, is necessary for healthy teeth. But swallowing too much over time can cause unwanted changes in the teeth.

Talk with your dentist about safe fluoride use for your family.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Sep
15

Help Your Child Avoid Cavities – 4 Strategies

Learning that your kid needs a filling or two can be one of the worst feelings! You don’t want to put your children through any dental treatment that can be avoided.

How can you prevent cavities form showing up in the first place? By following a few preventive steps, you can keep your kid’s smile sparkling and healthy.

  1. Fluoride, Fluoride, Fluoride!

Fluoride is a natural mineral that is essential to healthy tooth development. It also strengthens tooth enamel against attacks from acid and cavity-causing bacteria. Fluoride is used in toothpaste, mouthwashes, professional treatments, and prescription supplements as necessary.

  1. Introduce Great Oral Hygiene Habits

Begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as all the baby teeth come in. Encourage independent flossing as soon as your son or daughter can handle floss correctly. Brushing should be done at least twice a day for two minutes. A great oral hygiene routine will definitely lower the cavity risk!

  1. Seal Out Decay Before It Starts

Dental sealants are:

  • Fast
  • Safe
  • Cost-effective
  • Powerful cavity fighters

A sealant is a thin layer of material painted onto the grooves of chewing teeth. This prevents bacteria from hiding in the deep grooves and starting cavities.

  1. Watch the Diet!

Try to limit the amount of sweetened drinks and sticky carbohydrates that your kid eats. These items create an acidic environment in the mouth, which wears down tooth enamel. Carbohydrates are also what feed the bacteria that cause cavities.

To find out exactly which preventive measures are best for your child’s dental health, schedule a visit with your local dentist. A dental check up is the best way to ensure a low cavity risk for your kids!

Posted on behalf of:
Marvin Village Dentistry
8161 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 579-5513

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