Flouride, Toothpaste for Young Children, Laser Cavity Detection, Parma, Cleveland, Ohio
Newsletter for October, 2006
The cool evenings and rainy days illuminate the fact that fall has
arrived. Vibrant colored leaves and Halloween trick or treaters are just
around the corner.
Over the last century modern technology has enabled countless advances
in dentistry. One of the most significant scientific discoveries was that
when the mineral fluoride was incorporated into tooth enamel, it would
make teeth impervious to tooth decay. This discovery lead to the
introduction of fluoride into our nation's water systems in the mid
1960's. However, as with most good things, there can also be negative
The old adage that if a little is good, more is better does not apply
to fluoride. In fact, excessive amounts of fluoride can cause unsightly
chalky white spots on teeth and/or bone brittleness. Our office strongly
recommends against putting toothpaste on young children's toothbrushes
until they can demonstrate the ability to spit the toothpaste out.
Systemic ingestion of fluoride by children can result in too much fluoride
incorporated into their permanent dentition, thus the unsightly
Another negative consequence of fluoridation is that it makes cavity
detection difficult by the average dentist. Traditional x-rays and
explorer (picky thing) techniques taught in dental school and used by the
majority of dentists result in many undiagnosed areas of decay. Our office
uses a laser cavity detection device and direct visualization which
enables us to find cavities undetected by the old techniques.
If you or someone you love has questions about fluoride or tooth decay,
please contact our office for a no-charge consultation.
Michael W. Dagostino, DDS
P.S. We are working on integrating e-mail into our office
communications. Please send us your e-mail address with your payment. We
are excited about this change! Additionally, our website has a lot of new
information posted, please visit us at www.DrDagostino.com
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