There are some common misconceptions about fluoride and whether or not it’s harmful.
Dr. Elizabeth Jackson: Fluoride is incredibly beneficial for your oral health. Fluoride has been the one biggest changes within public health that has allowed the amount of bacteria that cause decay and the amount of fillings that need to be done over the last 75 years to plummet dramatically.
Without fluoride, the rates of decay are increased incredibly over time. Basically what it does is act as a vitamin for your teeth. It helps to make our teeth stronger through the formative years, when our teeth are being formed as we’re growing. However, it also acts on a topical level to help strengthen our teeth over time, which is why we recommend fluoride toothpastes as well as fluoride treatments during dental visits.