Fluoride is a mineral composed of fluorine combined with another element. It can be found in the soil, fresh or salt water, and the foods we eat. Fluoride has several virtues for oral and dental health, including the capacity to prevent tooth decay, and even eradicate caries that are starting to form.
To prevent tooth decay on a large scale at minimal cost, the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water is seeking to include an adequate fluorine level in public drinking water. Children who drink water daily and who have a balanced diet benefit from the quantity of fluoride necessary to fight tooth decay. In case of a deficit, your dentist can advise you on the different options available, such as use of fluoridated toothpaste, mouthwash or gel.
However, moderation is always the best policy! A fluoride overdose risks causing dental fluorosis in your child. A notable symptom of this disease is the formation of small whitish spots on the teeth. That is why it is always wise to obtain a dental professional’s opinion before changing our habits.