Do the benefits of fluoride outweigh any possible risks?

Yes, the most significant benefit is the prevention of dental disease that would occur if people don’t get the right amount of fluoride. Optimally fluoridated water is a significant health benefit and federal government agencies agree. Dentistry, in advocating for water fluoridation and use of fluoride supplements when needed, has succeeded in preventing vast amounts… Continue Reading Do the benefits of fluoride outweigh any possible risks?

Is there fluoride in infant formula? Should I try to remove fluoride from infant formula?

All formulas, either concentrates or ready-to-feed, have some fluoride, but most infant formula manufacturers develop their products to ensure low levels of fluoride. A study by the ADA confirmed that fluoride concentrations in commercially available infant formulas are very low. It is not possible to remove this small amount of fluoride by filtering or boiling… Continue Reading Is there fluoride in infant formula? Should I try to remove fluoride from infant formula?

If I go for a cleaning twice a year, does the dentist have to examine me each time?

Examinations and X-rays are important tools a dentist uses to assess and maintain a patient’s oral health. Exams must be done at least once a year by a dentist for patients being seen by a dental hygienist without the dentist present. State statute doesn’t dictate how often exams must be performed if the dentist is… Continue Reading If I go for a cleaning twice a year, does the dentist have to examine me each time?

Are there laws about how often X-rays must be taken & exams performed in the dental office?

X-rays are often a part of dental exams, and while there is no statutory direction as to how often a dentist must take X-rays, or perform a thorough exam, there is a general liability issue. Dentists should take X-rays in a “reasonable” time span to justify that he or she didn’t disregard a patient’s oral… Continue Reading Are there laws about how often X-rays must be taken & exams performed in the dental office?