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The good and bad of Fluoride in the City of Leeds

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Though you might not know it, the drinking water that is pumped in houses in the city of Leeds will contain fluoride and the reasoning behind this is firstly, this mineral lowers the risk of bacteria getting into the water and secondly it has always been the belief that fluoride is a healthy way of keeping the enamel of the teeth strong, therefore fending off tooth decay. This is very true, fluoride does make the enamel stronger and more resistant to bacteria and acids that affect the teeth; it is why most toothpaste that you buy contains it and why dentists will administer fluoride treatments if you are suffering with poor teeth: fluoride has been used for a good hundred years in dental treatments. But that was due to the fact that everyone went along with it and never once questioned it either- they trusted in the powers to be. Now though, questions are being raised about its use because it has come to light that actually, it isn’t the great saving grace that it was once portrayed to be and that it is quite toxic. Too much of the stuff can lead to a condition called fluorosis, where deposits build up in the brain and ironically, cause discoloration in the enamel of the teeth. It is well known that fluoride toothpaste shouldn’t be left in the hands of children for they like the taste and tend to consume more than they actually use and in some cases, this can be fatal. It is a hard call to say whether or not it should be used daily and you should do your research before coming to an informed decision about fluoride.


You, Fluoride and Leeds

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Fluoride is one of those minerals that’s considered to be the saving grace for your teeth and is able stave off tooth decay in Leeds. A lot of this is true; fluoride is considered to be very good for giving strength to the enamel in teeth and helps in the eternal fight against tooth decay. You can also find it everywhere; the water systems are full of fluoride and you’ll find it in most toothpastes that you buy in shops around the city, so it must be good for you if it is so widespread? However, it has also become one of those things that have started to become questioned throughout dental circles. Though it has been used for almost a hundred years, it is only recently, through modern technology and a better understanding of things, that it is also considered to be quite damaging as well. It is a toxic mineral and too much use of it can be very dangerous. Children tend to swallow more toothpaste than need be and this can result in death. Fluoride also builds up in the bloodstream and in the brain, and this can lead to a condition called fluorosis- disturbing considering that it plays a major part in our live. However, this also seems like someone somewhere is starting to hit the ‘PC button’ again. We live on average to an age of 80 something. If it was proven that the removal of fluoride from our lives could double our longevity, then there may well be a cause for banning it; but it doesn’t. We are all free to make informed choices, but it is also good to be practical as well.

Ask Leeds dentist about the safety of fluoride

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Fluoride is an element that naturally occurs in both water and food and has a beneficial impact on the teeth. So much so, that for the last eighty years or so we have been adding it to drinking water as a preventative measure against tooth decay. As well as this there is also a range of fluoride toothpastes and supplements that people use in areas of low fluoridation of the water.

In recent years there has been some controversy surrounding the presence of fluoride in the water and the supposed benefits. This has also led to many people being unsure as to whether they should be supplementing their, or their children’s diets with fluoride. Dentists recommend that you should never give fluoride to children under the age of six or let them use toothpaste with fluoride, as it can be hazardous in large levels. It is also true that fluoride can cause a condition called fluorosis, which causes discolouration of the teeth ranging from small white specks to larger brown discoloured patches. This happens when teeth are in their developing years before the age of six and cannot be removed.

Different areas in the UK have differing levels of fluoride in the water so it is probably best to find out how much is in your water supply. Your Leeds dentist will be able to tell you how much is in the local supply and give you an idea if you need to be supplementing your diet with fluoride or using a different toothpaste.