What is fluoride and why do our dentists always want to encourage us to use it? Let first examine where fluoride originated; fluoride is a mineral, which is naturally found in water. Fluoride has been found to be a natural cavity fighter and helps to stop the early stages of tooth decay. The American Dental Association (ADA) identifies fluoride as a safe and effective treatment.
Does the type of fluoride matter?
Fluoride can be used topically and systemically. When used topically, it strengthens your teeth which makes it harder for them to decay over time. When used systemically, the become part of the forming teeth and are ingested. It also goes into your saliva, giving further constant protection to your teeth. Topical fluorides come in toothpaste, gels, mouthwashes, as well as professionally applied methods.
Why is there such an effort to add fluoride to our drinking water?
Adding fluoride to our water is an easy and effective way to take care of our teeth. Ask your dentist what amount of fluoride you should be ingesting based on your age. It varies as we grow older. Those who drink water from a well may need to increase their fluoride intake levels.
Schon Dental in Springfield, IL offers specialized fluoride treatments for people of all ages. We recognize the importance of fighting against plaque to protect our teeth. We will take into account your risk level for acquiring cavities. The best way you can care for your teeth is by brushing thoroughly, flossing, and regularly having dental examinations. We recommend you visit your dentist at least biannually. Call us today to schedule your next appointment!