Oftentimes people wonder if obtaining fluoride from fluoridated drinking water, toothpaste or mouthwash is enough protection.
There are many ways that your body obtains fluoride. Fluoride can be found in your drinking water and toothpaste and will strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent tooth decay. In children under 6 years of age, this fluoride will be incorporated into the development of their permanent teeth, thus making it difficult for acids to cause tooth decay. In this regard, fluoride is an important mineral for your overall dental health.
Why is Fluoride Important?
Bacteria in your mouth will combine with sugars from the foods you eat and drink to produce acid that can harm tooth enamel and damage your teeth. Fluoride protects teeth from acid damage and helps reverse early signs of decay.
As was previously mentioned, fluoride is found in the foods and often the water you consume. It is also directly applied to the teeth through fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwashes. We can also apply fluoride to your teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form. These treatments contain a higher level of fluoride than the amount found in toothpastes and mouth washes resulting in more dental protection.
Extra Protection with Fluoride Treatments
Although your teeth are exposed to fluoride from a variety of sources, regular fluoridation from our office will further protect your teeth from the harmful bacteria in your mouth. By strengthening your teeth with regular fluoride treatments, your teeth will become resistant to decay. Even if you have minor dental issues, fluoridation can even reverse the effects.
Contact us for more information on the advantages of regular fluoride treatments. Schedule an appointment today to protect your teeth from tooth decay!