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Fluoride pros vs cons.

We are a “green office” and certified w/ the Eco Dentistry Association. We tend to see a lot of patients that prefer all natural toothpastes, prophy paste, rinses etc. I hear lots of arguments against fluoride and it has become increasingly difficult to recommend it, even for kids. There are so many outlets out there advising patients against fluoride that it has made my arguments for it seem very unconvincing. How do you handle this situation and what do you tell your patients?



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I explain to them that fluoride is a natural occurring mineral responsible for tooth development and formation, but as with all things, too much of a good thing can be bad. There was that young mother who died from water toxicity. That doesn’t mean we should stop drinking water. I also tell the patient that fluoride is recommended by the ADA and as a professional in this field, I would never recommend something I know to be detrimental to my patients. Obviously the parent can decide whether or not to let their kid have the fluoride treatment, but as long as you do your part in explaining to them the medical efficacy, then you’ve done your part.

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I have had a few pts tell me they don’t want Fl
because it’s a poison. I tell them yes that’s true in it’s natural state, but combine with Sodium it is stable. I then ask them if they eat table salt. 99% say yes. I then tell them chlorine is a poisonous but combined with sodium is salt. That usually helps them understand.

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Tooth and Gums Tonic, Inc has products for sensitivity etc. they have some alternatives for people against fluoride.
Visit MouthMatters.com she has great natural holistic information.

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I use the NaCl example like kimclady. I explain that sodium is necessary for the functioning of our bodies, yet too much is harmful. Same with fluoride, at known safe levels it is safe and very helpful for our oral health.

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It is tough with information and misinformation at the touch of a button. I have worked in an area that has city water and close buy is a community with well water. I have seen first hand the effects of fluoride in the water. This is not to say that every child in the well water community has rampant decay but there is a marked difference. I give parents the facts, acknowledge their concerns but stand by on what I know, have seen and what I have experienced. My children had fluoride every 6 months. I had fluoride every 6 months from the time I was 5. Fortunately my parents found a great dentist 45 years ago. Good DNA or proper care? there has not been any cavities for us.

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Thanks for the advice! I don’t want to be dismissive of their concerns but I also want to sound confident when making my points and recommendations without sounding pushy. It’s tough!! I have tried the “naturally occurring element” approach but have had the reply that “lead is naturally occurring too but we aren’t brushing our teeth with it”. So frustrating.

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That’s a great comparison kimclady, I’m going to borrow that!

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