Since community water fluoridation began in 1945, numerous studies have been performed to assess the benefits and risks associated with fluoride. These studies have shown repeatedly that fluoride in the drinking water is a safe and effective method of lowering the incidence of cavities in a community.
Side effects can occur if too much fluoride is ingested, but it would be practically impossible to get this much fluoride from drinking water. Dental fluorosis causes changes to the tooth enamel but only occurs in children who are less than 8 years old. Regularly swallowing more fluoridated toothpaste than is necessary for brushing can cause this, which is one of the reasons we recommend assisting your child with tooth brushing until that age.
We will discuss your family's habits and help you determine if you are getting too much or not enough fluoride. Call today to schedule an examination.