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The Calgary Dental Fluoride Debate

The Calgary Fluoride Debate
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  • March 29, 2017

 

The debate as to whether or not fluoride should be added to the water supply has received a lot of attention in the recent years.

In Calgary, fluoride was first added to the water supply in 1991, only to be discontinued in 2011 following another vote.

A later study published in 2016 comparing children’s decay rates in Edmonton (having fluoridated water) and Calgary (having unfluoridated water) showed higher decay rates among children in the Calgary community.

How Does Fluoride Work to Prevent Decay?

Researchers believe there are several mechanisms by which fluoride achieves its anti-caries (cavity-preventing) effect.

In fact, many dentists use a fluoride treatment during dental cleanings because it can:

  • Promote tooth remineralization
  • Make teeth more resistant to decay
  • Contain antibacterial properties

However, it may not be necessary to include a fluoride treatment during a dental cleaning because the average person gets enough fluoride exposure from routine sources such as:

1. Toothpaste

Using a fluoridated toothpaste can be an extremely valuable source of oral fluoride.

2. Food & Beverages

Many foods and drinks that we consume contain fluoride, either naturally or from the fluoridated water that’s been used to make them.

What are the possible dangers of fluoride?

Although fluoride might be safe and good for oral health in low doses, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) typically label sodium fluoride as “...toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin contact.”

New studies have indicated that fluoride may be linked with possible negative health implications such as:

  • Dental fluorosis
  • Thyroid problems
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
 

Fluoride-Free Treatments in Calgary

At our practice, our Calgary dentists do not provide any in-chair fluoride treatments. We believe it’s the patient’s choice whether or not to use fluoridated toothpaste at home.

If we detect any evidence of tooth decay in the mouth during a routine checkup or dental cleaning, our dentists can recommend a home-care regimen to help lower the risk of cavities.

At our dental clinic, we offer several fluoride-free products that can help to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay. This includes:

Remin

1. Remin

Remin toothpaste contains Nano Medical Hydroxyapatite, a more biocompatible alternative to fluoride which is proven to have as equally strong a remineralization effect as fluoride.

 
MI Paste

2. MI Paste

MI Paste is another natural alternative to fluoride that remineralizes demineralized tooth structure with calcium and phosphate ions found in milk.

3. Xylitol - Containing Products

Products containing Xylitol, a natural sweetener, inhibit the bacteria that cause decay, thereby reducing the potential for cavities. Xylitol products include lozenges, gums, and mouth rinses.

Contact us Today

To learn more about our natural approach to dental care, contact our Calgary dentists today at 403-245-099 or book a dental cleaning appointment.

 


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