The use of Fluoride in dentistry is something that has brought about a lot of controversy over the years, and likely will for many more to come. And like many other things in life, there are pros and cons to the choices we make about Fluoride, and will ultimately come down to a personal choice. At My Family Dentists, we respect each person’s right to choose for themselves if they want fluoride treatments, and will help guide them if they want to choose a more natural alternative in an attempt to stay Fluoride free.
Fluoride Free Alternatives
As the controversy over Fluoride, and push for Fluoride free alternatives continues, newer products are hitting the market to meet the need. As this area of dentistry is still relatively new, and dentists are advised to follow scientific research when making decisions, it is hard to fully endorse new products, or even to be aware of all the new products on the market. To further add to the complexity, many manufacturers and marketers for products will make claims that are not fully substantiated or claims that are very misleading.
At My Family Dentists, for patients who need added protection from cavities and are looking for Fluoride free alternatives, we have started to use MI Paste. This product uses Recaldent instead of Fluoride to help remineralize and protect teeth. Recaldent is a milk-derived protein that can help remineralize teeth, reduce sensitivity, reduce white spot lesions on teeth, and more. Although it is derived from milk proteins, it is lactose safe, but should be avoided in patients with a milk protein allergy and/or are a sensitivity or allergic to benzoate preservatives.
Please note, we are currently only using MI Paste which is Fluoride Free, and not the MI Paste Plus which contains Fluoride.
Other Fluoride Free Alternatives
At My Family Dentist, we are very open to other ideas and products. If you have heard of different ways and products for dealing with your specific oral health needs and would like our help in providing that service, just let us know. Dr. Kamal will look into the product and help guide you the best he can to ensure your oral health needs are still being met.
If you would like to know more about your options or need help determining which option is best for you, contact us today, we would love to help any way we can.