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Fluoride Myths and Facts

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Fluoride is one of the most important parts of oral healthcare. This is because it is responsible for maintaining bone density and preventing tooth decay. While it is a naturally occurring element in water and food, it is also an important ingredient in dental products.

However, similar to most things we use regularly, fluoride also comes with its fair share of myths and conspiracy theories - most aired by misinformation. Read on to make sure you don't fall for any of these.

Myths # 1: Fluoride Causes Cancer

Fact: Nowadays, it seems like everything will cause cancer. However, the data gathered from various scientific studies fail      to show any link between the use of fluoride and the risk of cancer. Therefore, if you've been avoiding fluoride toothpaste because you're scared of cancer, you can put your fears to rest.

Myth # 2: Fluoride Causes Fluorosis

Fact: While this isn't entirely false, it isn't true either. To get fluorosis, you will have to consume water with high amounts of fluoride. However, you are unlikely to come across water with more than minimal amounts of fluoride unless you actively seek it out. Even moderately fluoridated water is safe for consumption. And of course, there is no way you can get fluorosis if you're brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste; unless you're eating the toothpaste.

Myth # 3: Fluoride Causes Bone Fractures

Fact: Considering fluoride is responsible for maintaining bone density and keeping the bones strong, this myth is blatantly false. Fluoride does not increase your risk of getting bone fractures in any way.

Now that you know that most of the myths surrounding the ill effects of using fluoride are false, make sure to use fluoride toothpaste regularly to get clean, strong, and sparkly teeth.

Posted on Jan 24, 2022
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