We are always told to choose toothpaste containing fluoride to help fight dental cavities, but some people claim that fluoride is harmful to our health. Which should you believe? Let’s find out how fluoride affects your teeth and health.

 

What is Fluoride?

Flouride is a naturally occurring mineral, which means our bodies don’t make it. This mineral helps our teeth build resistance to cavity-causing acids. Fluoride is added to some water systems to reduce the risk of cavities. This process is called fluoridation. Apart from fluoridated water, fluoride can be found naturally in the following:

  • soil
  • plants
  • rocks
  • air

Flouride is used in dental health to strengthen tooth enamel, the outer covering of our teeth, making it resistant to acids that cause cavities. Many studies have discovered that our ancestors had little to no tooth decay, and researchers believe it is partially because they consumed fluoride through their food and water.

In many ways, fluoride is good for us. It strengthens our teeth and bones; however, too much fluoride can cause havoc in our system. That’s why you should always consult your dentist about how much toothpaste you should be using each time you brush.

 

Foods Rich in Fluoride

Cucumber
Refreshing and crunchy, cucumbers are good in salads and provide additional fiber in your diet. Cucumbers are a good source of natural fluoride, so encourage your little ones to munch on cucumbers to help keep their teeth healthy!

Dill

Who knew that an herb like dill contains fluoride? It is also rich in other vitamins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, riboflavin, vitamin A and C, B6, folate, and a lot more. This aromatic herb is delicious in many dishes. Don’t be afraid to add it to your salads, dips, and other recipes!

 Here are some recipes with dill:

Raisins

Another common food rich in vitamins that contains fluoride is raisins. Add this super food to your child’s breakfast or give it to them as a snack. Raisins are delicious eaten alone or added to oatmeal, cookies, and other dishes. 

Shellfish

Shellfish such as crabs and shrimp contain fluoride and other minerals. Just remember to make sure they are fresh, as they can cause serious health problems if eaten when they aren’t. 


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