While fluoride is overwhelmingly safe, there is such a thing as getting too much of it, and this can have side effects.
The first sign of overexposure is dental fluorosis, which you’ll notice in children. This is fairly easy to spot; you’ll see white spots on the surface of your teeth. This isn’t a significant health issue, but it can cause these discolorations in developing teeth. This will usually happen when children swallow their toothpaste.
You can reduce your child’s risk of developing dental fluorosis by supervising them when they brush their teeth to make sure they aren’t swallowing large amounts of toothpaste.
A more serious issue is skeletal fluorosis, which is the result of long-term overexposure. This will cause aches and pains at first, and eventually changes to the overall bone structure. This must be the result of exceptional circumstances, like major deposits in the soil near a water source. There are only a handful of recorded cases in North America.
But overwhelming research has found little evidence of health risks from fluoride, and there are no notable downsides to getting as much of it as you can from the sources we’ve described in this post.
If you’re worried about not getting enough fluoride, or you’d like to check on your overall oral health, we can help! Contact us today to get your oral health back on track.