Fluoride and Decay Prevention
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that has been shown to help strengthen tooth enamel in children and also prevent decay in people of all ages. Topical fluoride in particular is helpful for promoting oral health. The Dental Association has publicly endorsed the use of fluoride for the prevention of dental caries, as has the Academy of Pediatrics and the Medical Association.
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that you might be drinking fluoride everyday without knowing it? Many communities add fluoride to the public water supply in an effort to promote better dental health. You can find out if there is fluoride in your tap water by contacting your local water utility. Keep in mind that if your primary source of drinking water is bottled, you may not be getting fluoride. You can contact your bottle water company or manufacturer to find out if fluoride is in your water. If not, speak with your dentists about getting professional fluoride treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need fluoride treatments?
You may need fluoride treatments if your drinking water is not fluoridated or if you are experiencing certain symptoms, such as receding gums or rampant decay. Fluoride treatments can also provide oral support and prevent decay if you wear orthodontic braces or are taking medications that cause dry mouth.
What should I expect during fluoride treatments?
Fluoride treatments are painless and can be administered during dental hygiene visits. Your dental hygienist will distribute fluoridated gels, rinses, foams or varnish to place on your teeth. The treatment takes only a few minutes and is only required between one to four times per year.
Is there anything I can do to supplement my fluoride treatments?
Yes, many toothpastes, rinses and professional treatments contain fluoride. There are over the counter or prescription tablets also available for children who do not receive a source of fluoride in their drinking water.