Fluoride

FLOURIDE PROTECTS YOUR TEETH

Even though you may brush your teeth twice a day, floss weekly and see your dentist twice a year for cleanings, did you know that fluoride rinsing, which may prevent cavities and tooth decay, keeps your teeth and smile healthy?

Fluoride helps prevent cavities and tooth decay. It coats your teeth thus keeping plaque from building up and hardening the surface of your teeth.

TWO TYPES OF FLUORIDE: SYSTEMIC AND TOPICAL:

  • Systemic: Usually digested through the community water supply. Fluoride reinforces tooth enamel as the teeth are forming under the gums so that it’s stronger and resilient against cavities. Some people avoid this kind of fluoride by drinking only bottled water.
  • Topical: This is applied directly to the teeth using toothpaste, mouthwash, or over-the-counter fluoride applications. Topical application is not systemic.

FLUORIDE TREATMENTS FROM YOUR DENTIST

It only takes a few minutes to get a fluoride treatment at your dentist's office. Following the treatment, patients are instructed not to rinse, eat, or drink for 30 minutes. This allows the teeth to absorb the fluoride. You may also be required to repeat the fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months. Your dentist may also prescribe a mouthwash, gel, or antibacterial rinse for home and office use.

CHOOSING THE BEST FLUORIDE TREATMENT

When deciding on your at-home fluoride treatment (toothpaste or mouthwash), make sure it has the American Dental Association's (ADA) seal of acceptance. This ADA seal means it has been carefully examined and approved for based on its safety and effectiveness. Fluoride treatments will keep your smile healthy and resilient so you can continue to be “all smiles.”

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