Fluoride

Fluoride is a very important mineral to teeth, it helps prevent tooth decay and can help repair cavities in the earliest stages! You can get fluoride two ways- systemically and topically.
Systemic fluoride is swallowed, for example fluoridated water. Topical fluoride is what is applied directly to a tooth’s surface. The best prevention is to get fluoride BOTH ways. Your dentist will help decide what fluoride program you should be on, whether it is topical application every 3, 6 or 12 months, or systemic prescription if you do not live in an area with fluoridated water. If you do not have fluoridated water, tell your dentist! They can prescribe fluoride supplements for children while the teeth are still developing to make them more resistant to decay. City water is already fluoridated and has helped tremendously with the decrease in tooth decay.

 

If you are an adult with a high risk, your dentist might prescribe you a toothpaste or mouthwash that has higher fluoride content than over the counter dentifrices. People who are at a higher risk for dental decay are those that have:

– poor oral hygiene; 

– active caries (cavities); 

–eating disorders; 

– drug or alcohol abuse; 

–lack of regular professional dental care; 

– active orthodontictreatment combined with poor oralhygiene; 

– high levelsof caries-causing bacteria in the mouth; 

– exposed rootsurfaces of teeth; 

– decreased salivary flow, resultingin dry mouth; 

– poor diet; 

– existing restorations(fillings); 

– tooth enamel defects; 

– undergoinghead and neck radiation therapy.

 

If you think you have any of these risk factors, schedule an appointment today!