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There is a lot of controversy surrounding the use of fluoride to maintain oral health, but for expectant mothers there are other issues that come into play.  Smiles Unlimited Dentistry, P.C. can help you sort out fact from fiction regarding oral health and pregnancy.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in many foods and water supplies throughout the world.  Fluoride has also been added to many water sources in communities throughout the United States . It is not, however, an additive in Nassau or Suffolk County water supplies.

Enamel rebuilds in children and adults during remineralization (the replenishment of essential calcium and phosphorus that teeth need after eating).  When fluoride is present during this process these essential nutrients are deposited harder than they would normally be, forming stronger enamel that is more resistant to wear, erosion and breakdown.  

Should you take additional fluoride supplementation during pregnancy?  Doctors unanimously agree that the fluoride use should be avoided if you are pregnant.  Having too much fluoride can result in a baby developing a disorder called fluorisis which affects enamel during tooth development.  To keep your baby healthy, be sure to stay away from your community’s water if it is fluoridated. Bottled water is a great alternative.  Non-fluoridated toothpaste is another option that should be considered and it’s important to stop taking fluoride supplements if they were recommended by your dentist prior to your pregnancy.  

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