Fluoride is one of the greatest breakthroughs in preventive dentistry in the last 100 years. Let’s take a look at what Fluoride is known for…
Did You Know?
- Fluoridation of public water systems can help to reduce cavities in baby teeth by 60 percent!
- Fluoride is an important mineral for all children. It helps strengthen tooth enamel and prevents tooth decay. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) all agree that water fluoridation is a safe and effective method for preventing tooth decay.
Fluoride Prevents Tooth Decay
People of all ages can benefit from fluoride. It’s a naturally occurring mineral that joins with developing enamel (particularly in young teeth), helping to make the surface stronger and more resistant to decay. It can even help fight off the early stages of tooth decay!
Even adults can benefit from the regular use of fluoride—it helps prevent cavities and reduces root sensitivity. When used in tandem with regular brushing and flossing, Fluoride treatments can dramatically help to reduce the number of cavities!
It’s as easy as staying hydrated! Fluoride use begins with drinking water.
Most communities add small amounts of fluoride to city water in order to protect the health of the population. Water is especially important for young children—not only should they drink water rather than sugary sodas (which we wrote a blog article about), but they are also getting a protective dose of an essential mineral.
We recommend that all Bedford dental patients use fluoride toothpaste, too. Small children should be supervised so they don’t swallow their toothpaste. There’s even fluoride toothpaste made specifically for kids!
In addition to toothpaste and tap water, Dr. White might recommend that you introduce other fluoride sources into your dental routine: fluoride tablets, drops, or special toothpaste for sensitive cases, or even a fluoride mouth rinse for the prevention or treatment of periodontal disease.
In cases where extra care is needed, Dr. White and her team may recommend a fluoride treatment. We can easily add this procedure to your regular dental cleaning; we simply apply a topical fluoride gel directly to your teeth. It’s that easy.
Fluoride should be a part of everyone’s regular dental care plan. If you or your loved one are ready to get started on your next fluoride treatment, give Bedford dentist Dr. Marea White and our team a call. We’re ready to help.