We all know how important fluoride treatments are for children, but did you know that fluoride is just as important for adults? It is an essential part of caring for your teeth.
Fluoride, a mineral commonly found in nature, has been proven to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. Tooth enamel is under constant attack by acid-producing bacteria in our mouths. Our bodies are constantly working to repair weakened enamel in order to stave off tooth decay. Using fluoride can help protect the teeth and enamel against acids and the bacteria that cause them, which also helps reduce sensitivity.
The best way to get the fluoride you need is to brush with a pea-sized drop of fluoride toothpaste twice a day for two minutes. Children can use fluoride toothpaste as soon as their first tooth appears – the size of a grain of rice until age 3. You can also have your dentist apply fluoride to your teeth directly with a varnish, gel, foam or rinse. And of course, you can also get fluoride from your tap water. Many health organizations have endorsed the use of fluoride in water supplies because of its positive effects on the prevention of tooth decay. Click here to see if your local water supply contains fluoride.
Fluoride is the best way to ensure strong, healthy teeth and it’s a great way to rebuild the enamel or minerals that may have already been lost. If you want to learn more about how fluoride can help to protect your teeth or if you’re unsure about how much you really need, contact our office to setup a consultation. We’re here to help you have a healthy smile for life!