The Benefits of Fluoride
One thing that dentists receive lots of questions about is the use of fluoride. What is it? Do I need it? What are the benefits? How do I get it? Today – learn a little bit about fluoride.
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral. It is found in all sources of water, including the oceans.
What Are the Benefits of Fluoride?
Fluoride has long been known to be a cavity fighter. Research has shown that fluoride reduces cavities in children and adults. It has also been shown to repair tooth decay in the early stages.
Fluoride strengthens the enamel in your teeth. It replenished the phosphorus and calcium in your teeth which give your teeth their durability.
How Do I Get Fluoride?
Nowadays, you will find that your community water often has added fluoride. Approximately 75% of the water provided to U.S. residents is fluoridated and is considered one of the top public health accomplishments of the 20th century.
Toothpaste and mouthwash may also contain fluoride. Your oral health care products should be clearly marked if they contain fluoride – so be sure to check your label.
Your dentist may administer a fluoride treatment during a dental check-up if she thinks it’s necessary. This may be in the form of a gel, foam or rinse.
Are There Any Concerns?
When it comes to fluoride and your dental health, the main concern is dental fluorosis. If too much fluoride is consumed, small, white specks may develop on your teeth. This does not affect your dental health, just the visual appearance.
For this reason, young children (under two years of age) are often encouraged not to use a fluoride toothpaste. Dental fluorosis often occurs when the teeth are developing because young children do not often remember to spit toothpaste. Be sure to watch your children brush their teeth to ensure that toothpaste is not being swallowed.
Fluoride is considered a safe and effective means of helping to prevent cavities. If you have questions about fluoride, you should speak with your dentist.
Here at Perfect Smile Oral Products, we offer both a fluoride and non-fluoride version of our Perfect Smile toothpaste. Be sure to check both of them out!