Fluoride is a natural mineral that can be found in the earth and water. Due to its remineralizing properties, it is commonly added to toothpaste as well as to public drinking water supplies to provide the residents with oral health benefits.
Fluoride is very beneficial to our dental health! Our team of dental professionals put together some important information about fluoride so it can stay top of mind this year!
What are the dental benefits of fluoride?
Fluoride is proven to prevent tooth decay and can help reverse decay that has already started. It adds minerals back to the tooth enamel that can be damaged by consuming sugar and acidic foods/drinks. The addition of minerals strengthens the teeth, helping them become more resistant to cavities and decay. This can help reduce the chances of needing costly dental work due to cavities. Fluoride can also help alleviate the discomfort of tooth sensitivity.
You may be in need of extra fluoride if any of the following apply to you:
- Current cavities
- Heavy drug or alcohol use
- Neglected oral hygiene
- Eating disorder/poor nutrition
- Teeth with fillings
- Only drink bottled water
How can I add more fluoride to my oral health routine?
While fluoride is naturally found in water, it is not always at the optimal level known to help prevent cavities. If you regularly drink bottled water, it may or may not already have fluoride in it. There are several ways you can increase the fluoride that your teeth need:
- Use a fluoride mouth rinse
- Brush with a fluoride toothpaste
- Get a fluoride varnish treatment (done by a dental professional)
- Use fluoride supplements (prescribed by your dental office for children)
Fluoride varnish (FV) treatments are available as a painless preventative measure that can be done here in Toronto at Dentistry in Motion. It is a topical treatment that only takes minutes and is effective at preventing tooth decay. This treatment is stronger than the fluoride levels found in toothpaste and at home rinses. In fact, it is so effective that the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) supports its professional use.
Take Charge of Your Oral Health In 2021!
Maintaining regular dental checkups are key to your overall oral health. It allows your dentist’s office to examine your teeth for signs of decay. If it’s time to book your next appointment, the best way to contact us is to email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our contact form on our website.
We are currently booking routine appointments for both new and existing patients. We’d be happy to speak with you about our many services, including professional teeth whitening, Invisalign, dental implants and more! We have implemented safety measures for COVID-19 prevention and are open to serve your dental needs. Wishing you and your family all the best in 2021!