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Fluoride Levels and The Goldilocks Rule

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The best rule for fluoride is: Not too much. Not too little.

Ever since the first American city began to manage fluoride levels in its water supply, there’s been plenty of misinformation floating around regarding the potential benefits and dangers of this substance.

In a nutshell, fluoride has been shown to help protect against tooth decay. It also exists naturally in most water supplies. When communities fluoridated their water, they weren’t necessarily adding it; they were adjusting the dose to the best level. That’s why, when it comes to fluoride intake (in water, toothpaste, or tooth varnishes) it pays to apply the Goldilocks Rule:

Not too much. Not too little. Regulate the dose to be juuuuuuuust right.

Infants and young children who drink bottled water instead of fluoridated tap water may be underdosed. Studies have indicated that decades of exposure to excessively high levels of fluoride may affect bone mineral density in older adults.

If you’re concerned about fluoride levels, ask us about it at your next appointment. We’d be happy to supply some guidelines!

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.

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