Monday, December 27, 2010

Does Fluoride Really Fight Cavities by 'The Skin of the Teeth?'

  • "In a study that the authors describe as lending credence to the idiom, "by the skin of your teeth," scientists are reporting that the protective shield fluoride forms on teeth is up to 100 times thinner than previously believed. It raises questions about how this renowned cavity-fighter really works and could lead to better ways of protecting teeth from decay, the scientists suggest."

With the political pressure coming from the anti-fluoridation folks, a better understanding of the exact mechanism of fluoride, teeth and dental caries is needed.

We know how risk factors affect dental disease e.g smoking and high sugar diet but a definitive protocol to prevent dental caries in children with fluoride or not is desperately needed - particularly for lower socio-economic and immigrant populations.

tags: Dentistry

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