Did you know that recent research shows that topical fluoride, like fluoride from toothpastes, mouth rinses, and dentist applied fluoride treatments are critically important in fighting tooth decay? Research indicates the fight against tooth decay is as important as strengthening developing teeth. It is true that fluoride is a mineral naturally found in foods and in our drinking water. Due to our sugary and processed diets, Americans typically do not get enough natural fluoride to efficiently protect our teeth.
Fluoride is important to your teeth because it helps prevent acid attacks on the enamel of your teeth. Fluoride has been proven to help reverse early tooth decay in young children. In addition to toothpaste and mouth rinses that everyone can use daily, your dentist can apply fluoride directly to your teeth. Common fluoride treatments are gel, foam or fluoride varnish, all which contain a high level of concentrated fluoride, much more that what is found in over the counter toothpaste. Fluoride treatments are not only for children. Adult fluoride treatments can go a long way in maintaining a strong and healthy smile. Protecting your teeth from harmful acids and tooth decay can start with incorporating more fluoride into your oral health regimen.
Some dental patients may require liquid or tablet fluoride supplements that can be prescribed by your dentist, family doctor or your child’s pediatrician. This vital mineral is especially important to children. Fluoride aids in the development of permanent teeth. For strong and healthy permanent teeth, having fluoride in your diet at an early age is essential. Please make sure your children ages 6 months to 16 years old receive adequate fluoride in their dental routine and diet.