Dr. Judith Y. Ko

Dr. Judith Y. Ko
Hemet Valley Dental Care

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fluoride – Good Or Bad?

That depends. According to WebMD.com the optimal fluoride amount in drinking water is 0.7 to 1.2 parts per million. (Link to WebMD Web MD fluoride amount: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/fluoride-treatment?page=2)

You can check to see what your local water supply has, but if most of your drinking water is bottled you may not be getting enough fluoride to protect your teeth.

While most understand how important it is for children to have additional fluoride, many are surprised that adults can also use an additional boost.

“More and more we see adults with periodontal disease and/or people who are taking one or more medications,” says Dr. JudithKo from her Hemet Cosmetic Practice. “This is an issue because when patients have periodontal disease their gums often recede, leaving more tooth structure exposed. And for patients who are taking medication, the number one side effect of most prescription drugs is dry mouth, which also contributes to decay.”  

Fluoride can be given in several ways. You can get the additional decay-fighting benefit when you are in your dental office through a rinse or foam gel. You can also get additional fluoride in both over the counter and prescription products.

“The best type is the one that you will use,” adds Dr. Ko.

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