A flurry of recent studies has Miami dental professionals—and their patients— concerned with the high concentration of fluoride in everything from tap water to toothpaste. Formerly hailed as an anti-cavity treatment, fluoride has been added to public water supplies since the mid 1900s and reaches an estimated 300 million individuals worldwide (i). Now, however, researchers are linking fluoride exposure with heightened incidence of serious side effects including abnormal brain development and Alzheimer’s disease.
Hidden caries are more common than you think. Fluoridated water, excessive use of fluoride toothpastes, and regular fluoride rinses may all contribute to hidden caries. These areas are nestled deep in the pits of teeth, undetectable to the naked eye. Take a moment to read this article and learn what you can do to identify, treat, and prevent hidden caries to preserve a life long health smile!