Continuing on my dental streak, this is a 10 year old dog that has never had dental work done before.
Sadly, many owners don’t even know their dogs have teeth this bad until I open their mouths and show the owners in a consult.
At the end, it was easier to count how many teeth were left than count the ones that were extracted.
So they proscribed fluoride drops for my baby, they say it's for her teeth that are forming... how exactly do they work and are they necessary?
Fluoride helps to protect or repair tooth enamel, granted they are not overused. This is the same principle of putting minute amounts of fluoride in water, mouth washes or toothpastes to aid dental health. There are lot of conspiracy theories surrounding fluoride but is completely safe when administered at proper dosages (too much of anything causes problems)
Here’s an excerpt from web MD on fluoride and its use:
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Every day, minerals are added to and lost from a tooth’s enamel layer through two processes, demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost (demineralization) from a tooth’s enamel layer when acids — formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth — attack the enamel. Minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are redeposited (remineralization) to the enamel layer from the foods and waters consumed. Too much demineralization without enough remineralization to repair the enamel layer leads to tooth decay.
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay. In children under 6 years of age, fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent teeth, making it difficult for acids to demineralize the teeth. Fluoride also helps speed remineralization as well as disrupts acid production in already erupted teeth of both children and adults.
It is certainly important for infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years to be exposed to fluoride. This is the timeframe during which the primary and permanent teeth come in. However, adults benefit from fluoride, too. New research indicates that topical fluoride — from toothpastes, mouth rinses, and fluoride treatments — are as important in fighting tooth decay as in strengthening developing teeth.
Every workday, Dr. Jessica Nitardy leaves her home near El Paso, Texas and drives for more than an hour to the Mexican border. She crosses immigration and heads to her dental practice in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, which until recently was considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
But the patients she sees aren’t Mexican—almost all are American.
“I can count my Mexican patients on my fingers,” she told me in a phone interview. “No, they all come from Austin, Houston, even Florida, Colorado, Alaska … ”
And you thought it was food for you? Or rather you were told it was. It’s not. This coming from a former dental assistant even.
Don’t use toothpaste with fluoride in it. Drink water that doesn’t have fluoride in it if you can. Check if your city flouridates of yes then get spring water.
Don’t get fluoride done at the dental office.
When you think of Muhammad Ali’s greatest fights, you probably think of his Rumble in the Jungle with George Foreman, his 1964 bout with Sonny Liston, and, of course, his musical battle against anthropomorphic tooth decay. Or you would, if you knew anything about fine music. Fortunately, we’re here to educate you.
So we had this dental night at the college where I’m living right? And since it’s the 4th of August I have Supernatural on my brain. So, throughout most of the presentation all I could think of was this leviathan brushing its teeth after a long day of impersonating people and eating them.
I mean, dental hygiene is important to everyone, right?
No regrets. Have a Leviathan brushing its teeth on your dash.