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Study Shows Fluoride Helps Dental Health

dental health
For optimal dental health, use fluoride toothpaste.

If you want to maintain good dental health, fluoride plays a major role. A recent study shows brushing and flossing aren’t enough to keep cavities away.

According to WebMD:

The fluoride is what helps you avoid cavities, says lead researcher Philippe Hujoel, PhD, a Seattle periodontist and professor of oral health sciences at the University of Washington. “It’s not [simply] keeping the teeth cleaner.”

For years, dental professionals have debated the importance of the ”clean tooth” hypothesis versus the ”sound tooth” hypothesis in preventing cavities.

Those in the first camp say good oral hygiene will remove the sticky film of acid-producing plaque that breaks down the enamel and allows cavity-causing bacteria to invade the teeth.

Another recent study shows fluoridation of water in the United States has had a major impact on dental health. According to ScienceDaily:

The analysis showed that U.S. children and adolescents with greater access to fluoridated drinking water were less likely to experience dental caries. Counties in which over 75% of the population had access to community water fluoridation saw a 30% reduction in dental caries experience in the primary dentition, and a 12% reduction in dental caries experience in the permanent dentition, compared to counties in which less than 75% had access to community water fluoridation.

The findings are consistent with evidence from the last half-century showing that community water fluoridation continues to provide a substantial dental health benefit for U.S. children and adolescents. The current study boosts the evidence by showing that the benefit is most pronounced early in life, in the primary teeth of 2-8 year olds.

All of that doesn’t mean one can ignore a proper dental health practices including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups.

At Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg and Associates DDS, you will find one of Plantation Florida’s best dental teamsOur team of amazing doctors, gentle dental hygienists, thorough clinical technicians, and friendly office team will ensure your dentist office visit is nothing short of exemplary.


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