Fluoride is a natural mineral that can be found in nearly all foods and water. Fluoride has long been recognized as one of the most effective agents in preventing tooth decay. There are many benefits to fluoride use and application that are supported by many health and professional organizations.
Types of Fluoride
Topical fluoride helps to make the teeth more resistant to tooth decay as it seeps into the outer surface of the tooth enamel. Topical fluoride is commonly found in toothpaste, mouth rinses, gels, and other dental products. To help your child attain optimal oral health, our dentist recommends that he or she receive a professional fluoride application during every six-month recall appointment.
Systemic fluoride can strengthen both teeth that have already erupted and the still-developing teeth underneath the gums. Systemic fluoride comes most often from our community water supplies and the food that we eat. Systemic fluoride can also be gained through drops or gel as prescribed by Dr. Douglas Hauck or your physician. To avoid fluorosis, a condition that causes white spots to appear on the teeth, remember to monitor your child’s ingestion of fluoride.
While most people receive enough fluoride from the food and water they ingest, in some cases, additional fluoride treatment is needed to prevent tooth decay. A home or professional fluoride supplement may be recommended for one or more of the following reasons:
- Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake
- A recent history of dental decay
- Deep grooves and pits on the teeth’s chewing surfaces
- Insufficient saliva flow
- Poor oral hygiene habits
- Sensitive and/or exposed tooth root surfaces
- Not enough exposure to fluorides
While fluoride is an incredible supplement to your oral health regimen, it cannot prevent decay or improve your oral health alone. For the healthiest, most beautiful smile, remember to brush at least twice a day, floss every day, limit your sugar intake by eating healthy and balanced meals, avoid “snacking,” and regularly attend your preventive appointments at Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc.. Call us today to learn more about the benefits of fluoride in Newport Beach, California, and to schedule your next preventive appointment.