Do I Need to Use Flouride for a Healthy Smile?

In order to understand whether or not you need fluoride for your teeth, we need to first understand what fluoride does for the teeth.

Fluoride strengthens the enamel of your teeth and makes it more resistant to decay.  Countless, science-based studies show the irrefutable evidence of this fact. There are no doubts about it: fluoride is effective in prevention tooth decay.

However, people question the effects of fluoride consumption in other areas of the body. If you’re concerned about fluoride and want to avoid it at all costs, will it affect your teeth?

A lack of fluoride in the diet doesn’t cause decay.  Sugar in the diet causes decay. Our modern day diets are loaded with added sugars, and the more frequently you consume sugar—regardless of the amount—the more likely you are to get cavities.  If you’re concerned about fluoride, a healthy diet composed of whole, unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, will keep your sugar intake to a minimum and thereby minimise your risk of decay.

If you eat a standard Western diet and are susceptible to decay, then yes, fluoride in your toothpaste, mouthwash, and water will help lower your risk of decay, but be aware that it will not eliminate the risk of decay completely, especially if sugar is being consumed frequently.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr Helen Voronina

Dr Helen Voronina is the principal dentist at "Dr Helen's Dental & Implant Studio". Having graduated from the University of Melbourne and later from the Brener Implant Institute, in her practice she places emphases on the implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, The International Congress of Implantology and The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID). She is a former chairperson for the National Dental Foundation and an official dentist for the Melbourne Hearts Football Club.