Tooth Talk – Fluoride

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One of the greatest breakthroughs in preventive dentistry is the use of fluoride.
Almost all water naturally contains some fluoride, and many American cities add some fluoride to the water supply to bring it up to the levels that help prevent tooth decay.
Fluoride has many benefits for people of all ages.
When children are young and their teeth are forming, fluoride joins with the structure of the tooth, making the enamel surface harder and more resistant to decay.
The benefits for adults are also important.
Fluoride can help repair a cavity in its earliest stages by rebuilding the enamel layer of the teeth.
And, fluoride treatments are sometimes prescribed to help treat decay on tooth roots and root sensitivity.
Or, to eliminate the germs that cause gum disease.
For these reasons, we recommend fluoride toothpaste for all of our patients.
In addition, we may recommend fluoride drops, tablets, rinses, gels, or high concentration toothpaste for you to use at home.
We may also apply fluoride foam, varnish, or gels in our office.
Fluoride is an important part of every prevention program.
When combined with the good dental habits of brushing and flossing, it can dramatically reduce cavities and keep your mouth healthy.

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