Pros of Adding Fluoride to Your Routine

Dental_CareFluoride is one of the leading weapons that dentists have in defeating one of dental care’s biggest foes – the plaque that can form on your teeth after meals, drinks and snacks. Plaque that hardens into tartar can encourage the development of tooth decay and gum disease if left untreated.

Fluoride, an element which is found naturally in soil, water and foods, is effective in treating and preventing dental challenges for several reasons. One of its most important duties is to remineralize your teeth, strengthening their ability to withstand the “acid attack” that food causes in your mouth. Teeth that are remineralized by fluoride actually become stronger than they were before receiving treatment.

Another reason fluoride plays a key role in good dental care is because it inhibits acid creation by the bacteria living in dental plaque. With less acid, plaque has less ability to demineralize and damage teeth.

How to add fluoride to your dental care routine

  1. Brush with an American Dental Association-approved toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  2. Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash containing fluoride.
  3. If you live in an area where public water supplies are fluoridated, drink from them regularly. If you always consume bottled water, you may not be getting this important benefit from your drinking water.
  4. If you are experiencing frequent cavities, your dentist may suggest a special anti-cavity mouthwash, such as CariFree. This mouthwash will contain fluoride as one of its protective ingredients.

It’s important to note that the precise dosage of fluoride should be tailored to an individual’s needs. While fluoride is very safe when taken at recommended dosage levels, many factors can influence a person’s vulnerability to tooth decay (and the need for protection), including genetics.

“Your dentist can advise you on what forms of fluoride should be in your dental care routine,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist based in central Phoenix. “He or she is best qualified to evaluate exactly how much protection you may need.”

 

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