Facts About Fluoride From The Tooth Doctor

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Dentist in Ellerslie | Fluoride Facts

Hi, welcome back to the tooth doctor Ellerslie dental office’s YouTube channel. Today we’re going to talk about fluoride facts and I’m here with, Riley. She is the dental assistant here at the tooth doctor’s Ellerslie dental clinic.

Riley actually works at all three offices that we have here in Edmonton. And uh, she’s going to just break this down. She knows a lot about all of the ins and outs of fluoride and so we’ll just go ahead and ask her some questions.

But first before we start that, I’m just going to give you a quote from Miguel DeCervantes, and he says, every man, every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond. I agree. You can’t replace it. It’s, yeah, exactly. It’s a non-renewable resource even though a diamond is as well.
The national health and nutrition examination survey says that adults 20 to 64 have an average of 3.28 decayed or missing permanent teeth and 13.65 decayed and missing permanent surfaces.

So not just the teeth, but even the surfaces. That’s actually, it’s kind of sad when you look at people’s teeth and you can tell that there’s decay and even on children, yeah. Makes you sad and you see that. So it’s so important to come into the dentist, get checked out, see what needs to be done and not be too worried about it being hard or maybe even costly because like we said, your, your teeth and more valuable than diamonds.

You only get that one adult set and you take care of it. So, right. So that’s why fluoride is so important. That’s why we’re going to tell you more about it at our dentist in Ellerslie office. It’s been used to prevent tooth decay for many years.

So Riley what is fluoride?

So let’s put it in a very simple way. Fluoride is actually the mineral and it occurs in a natural way.
It happens in water, in foods. So it also have fluoride toothpaste. And then we do have this fluoride for a treatments in the dental office, community health service phase as sometimes you have it in school. Oh, okay.

And how does the fluoride actually help prevent tooth decay?

Um, the fluoride is usually be intake by food and water and everything, and then then, um, it’s adding the layer of the fluoride to your enamel. So they call it remineralization. So by time you have plaque and then you take sugar, especially the sugar. So sugar plus your plaque and then it becomes bacteria and it’s gonna take away a fluoride from your tooth enamel. So they call it a demineralization. So, um, when the fluoride is being taken away more than the fluoride you’re taking that you’d put it on your teeth, then the tooth decay might start.

So, um, when you have enough fluoride on your tooth enamel, it actually slows down the process of I’m taking away the fluoride from your enamel. And also, it actually, it has more resistance to the acid attack. So yeah, it’s slow down the process of the heavy decay or it can eventually stop it if you have enough fluoride enamel. And also, you have a very good oral hygiene. I was going to say the acid kind of, yeah, that fluoride there to protect. Exactly. That’s great.

Is the dentist in Ellerslie office the only place to get fluoride?

You kind of already touched on that. So we do provide a concentrated fluoride. We have at our dentist in Ellerslie office, different forms of fluorides. We can do varnish, which we recently just adding our category so it’s easier for kids. Um, it’s you put on your teeth or your buckle and the outer layer of the tooth, like the outside layer of the teeth and, and the kids can actually go eat and drink right after just all, no brushing for four hours yet.

It’s a newer one and everybody loves it. Yeah. Actually my kids were here at the office a week ago and they had all three of them had two of them anyway. Yeah, I was a little bit surprised. Oh this is cool. Like you have to wait for an hour to, especially for younger kids, we don’t want them to, you know, before we have those Gels you had to hold them in your mouth for four minutes and then you were still worried about kids to swallow them. Right. Cause those are concentrated. Right. That’s so true. You know, especially when they’re young. Yeah.

So why is fluoride put into drinking water?

Okay. So it is important for a daily and for intake. Cause like I said, do you do how you do eat a lot of food with acids like pop and tea. There’s a lot of sugar in those drinks.
And then sugar loves your plaque. Like we, you have plaque on your teeth and it becomes a bacteria and then started the acids and then they go into attack your enamel. So we drink fluoridated water, it’s going to rinse off the acid from your tooth enamel so it’s actually make your teeth stronger in a fight where the bacteria, oh wow.

It makes you actually not always want to drink bottled water because yeah, I mean there’s benefits to both, but I was a little bit better. I was thinking very negatively, before about tap water. But when I read about how that fluoride is there to actually help the teeth and I can see that growing up with, well water, we didn’t have it and we had to rely on a dentist alone for that fluoride. Actually I was reading an article, a well water.

Sometimes they have higher concentration of fluoride. Oh Wow. Yeah. I’m normally for drinking water, we put two. There’s a special amount of to be putting and according to ADA it has to be 0.7 to one point two. So they’re saying well water and contents more than 1.2 some times is actually worse and could cause fluorosis yeah, we’re going to talk about it. Right. Wow. Okay. So then yeah, there you go. So it can be either way.

Dentist in Ellerslie | So is it safe to drink tap water with the fluoride?

It is where the, um, the, the amount that the government, the city, they provide to their 0.7 to 1.2. It’s actually good for teeth. And then, um, we drink those tap water. And I, like you just mentioned bottled water and there’s actually a research saying bottled water doesn’t have any fluoride in it, especially when the fluoride has been taken out of the bottled water. They are still good to drink.
Yeah. Of course. Better than the pop. Everything is still going to rinse off the plaque and sugar. But with the fluoride, it does give you a lot of benefits. Yeah, for sure. Yeah. And you wouldn’t consume, there’s not that much to consume. No, it’s very safe. It’s very safe. Yeah.

So what, okay, so what is dental fluorosis?

This is when you take in too much fluoride and then when there’s too much fluoride on your teeth. Um, like, like well water actually. I first thought about it, if you didn’t know that well water has so much fluoride. So, um, when it’s too much fluoride and it becomes a, those white patches on your teeth, on the enamel, but you don’t, you don’t know, you don’t have those. Um, so it is, um, it is very cosmetically speaking, it doesn’t really look that nice round.

It doesn’t really have a bad effect. Like, it doesn’t really do anything bad to you. It just make it kind of, destroy the enamel a bit, and make your teeth not as strong. Um, cause it’s too much fluoride. Anything too much or too little is not good.

So is it a concern for any other parts of your body?

It is not a concern until the patient, her or himself do notice it. And then usually I have a friend, she has neurosis and then she didn’t concern about it and tell ’em one day she came into the Ellerslie dental office and now I was looking at her and she was like, I just want to know what are those white patches on my teeth. I’m like, oh, you had too much fluoride when you were a kid.

And she said, yeah, I always wanted to change your color. I used bleaching tray everything and never goes away. So it does need a special treatment in the Ellerslie dental office. Usually we do. Am I paste to, to neutralize the acid or the fluoride too much like any chemical things on your teeth to make it, I’m looking natural again. Oh, good to know. I did not know that.

So should a child use fluoride toothpaste?

It is necessary to use a fluoride toothpaste, but the child has to be able to rinse, swish and spit that toothpaste out of the mouth because for I toothpaste it does have higher fluoride. Then yes. So use it twice a day. It’s good for their enamel, but if you swallow it like everyday, that is not a good thing.
Yeah. When they’re little, it’s so hard for them to, it’s very, very, I remember just struggling like spit it out actually with the um, flavor. It tastes really good. So kids tend to swallow them. Yeah. So yeah, I would say, I would say with the toothpaste we have in our dentist in Ellerslie office, it doesn’t have fluoride, but it doesn’t have any flavor. So, and it also depends on the amount of toothpaste you use. Always a pea size of the toothpaste. Right? Yeah. Yeah. No, that makes sense.

When do you start fluoride treatments with the children at the Tooth Doctor’s Ellerslie dental clinic?

We do recommend from age, six months to start from six months and normally from age six months to sixteen years old. Those are very critical as you start to have your first baby tooth or you start to have your first adult tooth. Yeah. And um, that time that I’m intent and also because of the oral hygiene and kids are very, it’s, it is hard to brush teeth for a kid.

Then they will need fluoride to fight with the acid, also with a good oral hygiene. So with kids six months, that’s why I, I now I think about it. That’s why for babies from age six months, you should start giving baby water. Yeah. And then when water has fluoride, it actually help you to fight tooth decay. Yeah. Another good reason. Yeah.


Fluoride For Adults | Dentist in Ellerslie

So at the dentist in Ellerslie office fluoride treatments useful for adults. I actually wondered this myself. Yes, it is really for adults, they do benefit from on getting fluoride treatments, especially when you have dry mouth. So when a patient has a dry mouth, you don’t have enough saliva. So to neutralize the acid on the enamel. So, um, those patients are tend to have cavities and also if you have gum disease or gingivitis.

Then it has actually your root and exposed more damage the bacteria can do. So you do need fluoride treatments. Here’s where you brush your teeth sometimes to suppression doesn’t really go deep insights. Yeah. Out of pocket. And also your farm, you have crowns, bridges or you’re doing on braces. Those are good with a fluoride treatment cause they can go into the areas that you can hardly reach, brush him off.

So it is really good, I’ll say for anyone age from six months to well that raise until you still have yeah. Any teeth. Yes. Yeah. Oh that makes sense. Thank you so much. That was great information. Yeah, I definitely am a believer in fluoride for the teeth. Um, so thanks for joining us today here on YouTube. For the tooth doctor Ellerslie dental office here in Edmonton. We’re so glad you joined us. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel like the video. Give us a comment. If you have something you’d like to add to the conversation, that’d be great. Thanks guys. Bye. Hi.