The Big Benefits Of A Little Fluoride
Hello and welcome to another September edition of the Clearwater Dental Associates blog!
We are proud to be a family-centered dental practice. Our team promotes the value of dental care and related education beginning at a young age and continuing all through life.
As such, we want to help you stay on track in those months that fall between your regular preventive trips to our Clearwater, FL dentist’s office.
To that end, today, we want to talk about fluoride.
You may already be somewhat acquainted with fluoride and you might even see it as an important weapon in your never-ending battle to keep your mouth healthy. But please keep reading to hear more about this wonder-working element, and then be sure to get in touch with us to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Burton and the rest of our team.
What’s The Big Deal About Fluoride?
You owe it to yourself to add a little fluoride to your life.
Fluoride occurs naturally and can be procured from various sources, including water, although the amount of fluoride that turns up in water that has not been altered is typically not enough to benefit your oral health.
It is important to incorporate fluoride into your program of prevention, however, because fluoride forms a protective barrier over your teeth’s enamel. This barrier directly combats the bacteria that is responsible for causing tooth decay.
Fluoride temporarily thwarts the bacteria’s ability to create dangerous tooth-harming acid until enough saliva comes along to wash away any remaining sugar and bacteria, leaving your mouth safe and protected.
Fluoride also helps strengthen enamel in children and helps your body to use calcium to repair already damaged enamel in a process called remineralization.
which replaces the minerals tooth decay removes from your teeth. So, fluoride does more than simply protect your teeth, it actually helps to repair them!
Where To Find Fluoride
Fluoride is easy to come by in this day and age. Most places in America began adding fluoride to the public water supply in the middle of the last century in an attempt to improve a rather bleak oral health situation among the U.S. population.
This practice has apparently paid off and has led to a 25% decrease in cavities in both children and adults. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest public health success stories ever.
That said, if you do not have access to fluoridated water in your community, then there are other alternatives available.
Many brands of toothpaste contain fluoride, as do many good mouthwashes.
Be sure to check the active ingredients to make sure fluoride is among them, and always read the labels for age-appropriateness.
The Dentist’s Office Has Fluoride Too
The other thing to keep in mind is that most dentist’s offices can also provide you with a fluoride treatment in conjunction with your checkup. At CDA, we will do whatever it takes to keep you smiling all through life.
Take the next step towards a healthier smile and contact us today to schedule your next dental appointment in Clearwater, FL!