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Times Where You Want to Avoid Fluoride Treatments

Posted on 2/25/2019 by Sandra Embree
Times Where You Want to Avoid Fluoride TreatmentsAccording to the CDC, fluoride is incredibly safe and beneficial. There is no scientific evidence connecting fluoride to adverse health consequences.

In fact, evidence confidently supports that fluoride is effective at preventing dental cavities. While fluoride treatments are safe, there is one situation that should be of concern – ingesting too much fluoride.

Avoid Too Much Fluoride

When it comes to avoiding fluoride treatments, one of the biggest concerns is having treatments too close together or consuming too much fluoride. Depending on your oral health, you might be advised to have treatments every 3, 6, or 12 months, but doing so in between sessions can actually leave you with too much fluoride in your system. Excess fluoride, or fluorosis, can result in some side effects:

•  Pitting and staining of the teeth
•  White spots or aspects of adult teeth
•  Bone homeostasis issues
•  Dense bones that aren't strong

In very rare cases, acute fluoride toxicity may occur, with side effects including diarrhea, nausea, and excessive sweating. However, this is most commonly noted with overdoses on fluoride supplement pills.

Who Benefits from Fluoride Treatments?

Fluoride is found in drinking water and most toothpaste brands, but there are times when dental office fluoride treatments might be recommended. Specifically, if you suffer from dry mouth conditions that result in a lack of saliva, you might want to get a fluoride treatment. Also, if you have a history of frequent cavities or are at a heightened risk for gum disease, fluoride treatments might be beneficial.

The presence of crowns, bridges, or braces might also heighten your risk for decay and warrant fluoride treatments.

Do you have questions about fluoride treatments or wonder if they might be a good option for you? If so, give our office a call to set up your next appointment. We are happy to help.

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Embree, DDS
Ann Arbor Dentist - Sandra Embree, DDS

Dr. Embree graduated from The University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She completed postdoctoral training in a General Practice Residency at University of Michigan Hospitals Department of Hospital Dentistry. Dr. Embree received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and practiced in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital prior to her dental school training.
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Ann Arbor Dentist - Courtney Heys, DDS
Heys, DDS

Dr. Heys is originally from the Seattle area. She moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 to attend the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. Heys has been in private practice since 2007. She has practiced 4 years in Saline, MI and 4 years in Jackson, MI.
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    ~ Suzanne
  • "Dr. Embree and her staff provided me the best dentistry I've ever had. I had a lot of work done, including several fillings and three crowns. Dr. Embree is very careful to make the procedures as painless as possible, and her staff made sure that my experiences were comfortable and stress free.
    Dr. Embree did a deep cleaning that I'm sure allowed me to avoid periodontal work. Her staff is very efficient in setting up appointments and sending reminders. I whole heartedly recommend Dr. Embree's dentistry."
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