Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in most foods and water supplies. Fluoride is also used in many dental products such as toothpaste, fluoride mouth rinses and sometimes even dental floss.
Fluoride is helpful in strengthening the enamel surface of your teeth. When the fluoride is applied to the tooth surface it is incorporated into the tooth enamel (the outer tooth surface) making it more resistant to decay. Fluoride also protects and desensitizes the root surfaces of your tooth by providing additional mineralization to the naturally occurring “softer” root surface.
At your dental checkup we may recommend the application of fluoride to protect newly erupted teeth, to prevent decay activity or reduce root sensitivity that you may be experiencing. This fluoride application can be done at the end of your dental cleaning by simply brushing on a sticky fluoride varnish that will adhere to your teeth for a recommended period of time. This procedure can be done by one of our experienced hygienists or dental assistants.
Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, eat a balanced diet, and limit the frequency of snacking, especially sweet and sticky foods. Following this with regular dental visits will help protect your teeth.
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