What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in soil, water, and various foods. It may also be added to municipal water and is found in most toothpaste. In weighing the pros and cons of fluoride for teeth, researchers and dentists have found fluoride provides positive effects on dental health because it makes teeth more resistant to decay. It also can prevent tooth decay or even reverse it.
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) supports using fluoride in dentistry as one of the most highly successful preventative health measures in history. More than 50 years of extensive research worldwide has consistently shown the effectiveness and safety of fluoride in preventing tooth decay.
What does fluoride do and how does it work?
Fluoride not only protects your teeth from decay, but also helps to reduce acid-related enamel wear. Certain acidic foods, such as salad dressings, fruit juices and tomatoes, can dissolve the enamel of your teeth daily. You can counteract acid attacks on your teeth by using fluoride products in your everyday oral hygiene routine.
Who requires extra fluoride?
Children’s teeth need fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent tooth decay. That’s why Dental Choice hygienists often apply topical fluoride to children’s teeth following routine dental cleanings.
Various situations may require extra fluoride protection, including:
- Taking prescription medications
- Having gum recession
- Getting restorative work
- Getting orthodontic treatment
- Having sensitive teeth
- Getting radiation treatment
Should I get fluoride at my next cleaning?
Many patients can benefit from fluoride treatments. The use of fluoride-containing toothpaste and regular dental visits can provide your teeth with regular protection. If you would like to learn more about fluoride and see if it’s right for you, ask your dentist or hygienist on your next visit.
For more information or to book an appointment, contact a Dental Choice clinic near you. We’re here to help.