This question has raised some controversy during its history. Not many people know that Fluoride’s effects on teeth were originally discovered following research between 1909 and 1933 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In particular what sparked the research was an unusual brown mottling of the enamel noticed on the teeth of residents and native residents born and raised on the local water supply…..
It took some time before finally spectrographic analysis of the water yielded the mystery ingredient responsible of the brown staining. Indeed it was fluoride. In this case fluoride was being released into local water supplies as a by-product of aluminum production, a big local industry near Colorado Springs. Sounds a bit sinister doesn’t it?
It was however discovered shortly afterwards that small amounts of fluoride in drinking water in the vicinity of 1 ppm (one part fluoride per million parts water) have highly beneficial effects for developing enamel and in particular on the rate of dental decay amongst children and adults.
As a dentist who gets to see both pre-fluoride and post fluoride age groups the beneficial evidence of fluoride is overwhelming and most dentists will agree. Rampant decay is by far now the exception and no longer the rule.
As a part of your regular check and clean at Dental on Metro we provide a topical application of fluoride to increase the resistance of your teeth to Dental decay. Other preventative services such as fissure sealing for kids and adults, customized oral hygiene instruction and care for gums will be discussed with you in detail. All of our patient also receive a FREE oral hygiene pack at their first visit.
Better still your first checkup is GAP-FREE for all health insurance customers. We are also BUPA preferred providers and have HICAPS on-the-spot claiming facilities. Our rooms also have ceiling TV! Contact us now on 8260 1007 and mention our promotion. We are welcoming new clients.
Further information can be found about the Australian Dental Assocation Inc. position on Fluoride at http://www.ada.org.au/OralHealth/FLN/fluoridation.aspx.