Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in the earth and in nature. Water supplies and some foods alsocontain fluoride. Many community’s drinking water contains fluoride,and this helps to strengthen teethand prevent decay. Studies have shown that people that use fluoride have less tooth decay.
How Does Fluoride Work?
Bacteria cause demineralization and this is when bacteria feeds on sugar and produces acidic saliva. Thisacid weakens tooth enamel. Fluoride helps to control and protect damage from demineralization. Thishelps keep our teeth looking and feeling healthy. Fluoride also helps to replenish the calcium that helpmake our teeth hard. This prevents tooth decay andtooth sensitivity.
If Fluoride Safe?
If used properly fluoride is safe and does not cause any harm. If you are using fluoride toothpaste it isimportant to ensure children do not swallow the toothpaste. Swallowing toothpastemay cause an issuebecause mosttoothpaste brands contain fluoride. Overall fluoride is a great way to protect your teethfrom decay,and does not pose any risk to your health.
What Type of Fluoride Treatments Are Available?
There are a few different types of fluoride treatments available to patients. Topical fluoride products areapplied directly to the teeth. This can be done in our office and takes only a few minutes to complete.Typically fluoride treatments are inexpensive and most insurance plans cover this treatment.The topicaltreatment contains a higher level of fluoride and can only be applied by a professional. Fluoride is also inour toothpaste and mouth washes. Using a toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride can help give youthe protection you need from decay that can leadto cavities.
Looking To Find Out More About Fluoride Treatment?
If you are looking to find out more information about fluoride treatments and how they can benefit you,please contact our office. Our team is here to help, and your oral health is our priority. Preventative careis a way to keep your teeth and mouth looking and feeling healthy.
We offer flexible hours, and do our best to see patients as soon as possible.To schedule your next examcontact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you.