Fluoride is added to mouthwash and toothpaste to prevent tooth decay. Lower doses of fluoride (20mg of elemental fluoride per day) are safe and have various health benefits. Higher doses of fluoride (more than 20mg of elemental fluoride per day) attracts several health complications. When you have a dental problem, you should immediately seek treatment. The cost of dental treatments is not a hindrance for you to get treated. There are dental services that are right for you and for your budget to have treatment for your dental problems.
Like any other medication, during dental fluoride treatment side effects might appear. Too much of something is poisonous. You can accidentally overdose due to wrong prescriptions. Its overexposure is harmful to the developing bones and teeth of children. Below is a list of some of the common side effects of dental fluoride treatment:
- Too much of fluoride can lead to death, and it should be therefore stored out of children’s reach.
- Temporary tooth staining which can be removed by dental professionals. Brushing your teeth can help prevent these stains.
- Too much of fluoride causes a change in color and appearance of teeth. This should be reported to your doctor as soon as you recognize it.
- Fluoride can also cause allergic reactions such as itching, rash and swelling on the face, throat, and tongue. Other allergic reactions include difficulty in breathing and severe dizziness. If you are allergic to some products, tell the pharmacist before using this product as it contains inactive ingredients that cause allergic reactions.
- Other side effects of fluoride are nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramp, burning mouth, shaking, muscle weakness, seizures, sore tongue, and excessive sweating.
- Fluoride should not be used by children as it harms their developing bones and teeth.
- If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding consult your doctor before using this product for you not to affect the developing of the baby.
- When using fluoride don’t start using other drugs including herbal medicines without your doctor approving that it is ok to avoid drug interactions.
- In case of overdose immediately consult the nearest health care provider for further details.