Are toothpastes with fluoride safe?
Nowadays you can increasingly hear the statement that fluoride contained in toothpastes destroys our teeth and damages the body from the inside. Of course, this chemical element in its purest form is a poison. But its safe compounds – fluorides – are used to clean the oral cavity. We asked Yulia Kuchinskaya, the doctor of the «Suashnoi Semeynoi Stomatologii», whether fluorine is really harmful and whether it is worth using pastes in which there is this substance.
Should I be afraid of fluorinated toothpastes?
The real problem is industrial fluoride, which is manufactured without observing the necessary technical standards, when it’s getting into the body in extremely large doses during a long period of time (10-15 years). Perhaps the only problem with the use of fluorine-containing pastes in everyday life is the emergence of endemic fluorosis. This defect is cosmetic and can easily be recognized by specific white spots on the teeth, which are often confused with caries. The problem is quite easy to solve by contacting the dentist and stopping the use of fluoride-containing oral cleaners.
Who is contraindicated with fluoride?
Laboratory experiments have proven that the use of toothpastes that contain tin fluorides (the optimum amount is 1450 ppm) is absolutely safe, provided that the concentration of the substance is not excessive, and the element itself is stabilized with the necessary additives. But we must remember that such tools for cleaning teeth are not recommended for children and people prone to fluorosis. In addition, it is better to consult a dentist before starting their use.