Fluoridation is the process by which fluoride is added to the main water supply to prevent cases of tooth decay amongst the general public. Cases of dental decay remain high in the UK and in some areas are even increasing as people take the health of their teeth for granted. The idea behind fluoridation is that it creates low levels of fluoride in the saliva, which protect the tooth enamel from developing cavities.
Fluoridation has been the source of some controversy over the years as in some cases, especially young children, early exposure to fluoride leads to discolouration in later years. This staining of the teeth is irreversible and in some cases can be very severe. The process has been used in the UK for many decades and for the most part is harmless. It is always worth finding out from a dentist what the fluoridation levels are like in your area. Your Swindon dentist will be able to tell you at your next appointment.
In some cases, where the levels of fluoride are low, and if you are in a high-risk group, you may need to use products such as tooth paste with added fluoride or even add it to your water manually. Again, you should always seek advice from your dentist before acting.
Whatever people feel about fluoridation, the truth remains that it has substantially reduced the cases of tooth decay in the UK over the years and for the most part is extremely effective. In some cases it may cause damage but this is easily prevented as long as you have the right knowledge.