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Are There Harmful Materials in Fluoride & Fillings?

Aerial view of a brunette woman getting a dental exam to look at her fillings and receive a fluoride treatment

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When you go to the dentist, you want to be sure your health is protected. Many people have questions about the safety of treatments like fluoride and fillings. Do they contain harmful materials? Here’s what to know:

Is Fluoride Safe?

Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found in water, rocks, and soil. It’s also been added to many public water supplies since 1945.

Research shows fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, reverses demineralization (the first stage of tooth decay), and prevents cavities. We recommend using toothpaste that contains fluoride and to drink tap water instead of bottled water whenever possible.

To help protect children from cavities, we highly recommend they get fluoride treatments at their routine cleanings. Adults can also benefit from a professional fluoride treatment! While it is possible to get too much fluoride, exposure to the point of sickness is rare.

What Material Is Best for a Dental Filling?

At our office, we use composite resin, porcelain, amalgam, or gold for our dental fillings. Which works best for you depends on your budget and specific situation. Composite resin is often patients’ preference because it is durable, non-toxic, tooth-colored, so the filling will blend in with your other teeth.

Many people express concern about amalgam, which contains some mercury. High levels of mercury are linked to negative effects on the brain and kidneys. In fillings, the amount of mercury is extremely small and doesn’t endanger your health. Research from sources like the ADA, CDC, and the WHO shows amalgam is a safe and effective filling material, except for a small percentage of people who are allergic.

Safe & Gentle Dentistry at CarolinasDentist

At our office, we prioritize safety above everything else. If you have questions about our methods or the materials we use, please don’t hesitate to ask! We want you to have all the information you need before making a decision. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our locations!

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