Fluoridation – Essential Tooth Protection

Tariq Drabu is the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice, he is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon who was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He was in fact, the youngest dentist to ever graduate in the United Kingdom and has been sharing his passion for oral health with patients in Manchester ever since.

Tariq Drabu wanted more patients to be aware of the importance of fluoridation, as there are so many stories on how dangerous fluoride is for you. He wants to assure his patients that fluoride is safe in small doses and with parts of the United Kingdom already enjoying the benefits of fluoridated water in their areas, he mentioned that children and adults are seeing the benefits that this provides.


Tooth protection

Fluoride is known to protect the enamel of the tooth. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body, but once damaged it cannot repair itself, which is when patients start experiencing pain and other problems. The enamel protects the delicate nerves and blood vessels within the tooth, so drinking fluoridated water can reduce the risk of tooth cavities and decay in the long run.


There have been numerous studies regarding fluoridation and whether it really works. The one study, which was conducted in Brazil of more than four hundred and sixty residents found that focusing on decayed, missing and filled teeth, those adults in non-fluoridation areas had thirty nine percent score for healthy teeth, while those in fluoridation areas, has a fantastic score of seventy five percent of their teeth in excellent condition.

A similar study was carried out in Ireland, where they found a positive result for people living in fluoridated water areas with those over the age of fifty having their own teeth.

Fluoridation isn’t available throughout the country as of yet with some areas not having introduced this due to the concerns of the side effects of fluoride. Tariq Drabu recommends that these patients in non-fluoridated are as, ensure that they follow an excellent oral health routine at home to reduce the risk of fillings, decay and missing teeth in the long run.


Oral Care

Tariq Drabu advised that patients need to ensure that they are using a fluoride toothpaste and they must brush twice a day. The most important time to brush is right before bed. Flossing is also essential to reach those hard to reach places between the teeth to ensure oral health is maintained at all times.


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