What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in oceans, rivers, and streams. It works to help replace lost phosphorus and calcium in the enamel layer of your teeth (remineralization).
Your teeth are constantly going through a cycle of demineralization and remineralization that weaken and strengthen the hard layer of protective enamel. Exposure to acidic elements like soda, citrus fruits, stomach acids, and certain infections are just a few factors that can increase the acidity of your mouth and weaken your enamel (demineralization).
For many children, women, and men, fluoride treatments or medical-grade fluoride products are a great way to enhance dental health. Integrated into a solid dental hygiene routine, fluoride treatments can strengthen your teeth and protect against decay.
There are numerous ways to get fluoride either topically or systemically, including:
- Municipal water supply (not all areas add fluoride to the water)
- Mouthwashes or gels
- Some dental floss
- Certain foods
Statistics show that communities, where fluoride is added to the water supply, have 20% to 40% lower rates of tooth decay than those where supplementation is not available. Children in those communities seem to show the most significant improvements in dental health.
Your dentist can evaluate your teeth and overall health to determine if fluoride treatments are right for you. Too much fluoride can cause problems, so getting the right amount is important. We know how to identify your condition and make the clinical recommendation for treatment.
Treatments of low to middle medical-grade fluoride products are a great way to enhance dental health.
The fluoride may be in the form of a gel, rinse, foam, or varnish.