“What do I Need to Know about Fluoride?”

Dr. Randall LaFrom encourages the use of fluoride to protect his patients’ teeth from cavities and tooth decay. Using fluoride is a proactive approach to prevent damaging dental problems and costly procedures in the future. You probably already know that fluoride is present in most toothpaste brands. The American Dental Association strongly encourages Americans to use fluoridated toothpaste as a part of their daily oral health regimens. Below, Dr. LaFrom and his staff have compiled some interesting and important facts about fluoride.

  • Fluoride is on the periodic table. It is a naturally occurring mineral found in some foods and springs.
  • Every day, the food, drinks, and the acidic environment in your mouth strip away vital minerals present in your teeth. Fluoride helps replenish these minerals.
  • Children are often given fluoride treatments to strengthen developing teeth and enamel.
  • Enamel erosion cannot be reversed because it is not a living tissue. This is why protecting your enamel with fluoride is very important.
  • A lot of research has been devoted to studying the benefits of fluoride for over a century.
  • Fluoride is also beneficial to reducing the acidic particles in your mouth. This helps prevent enamel loss, tooth decay, and gum disease.
  • If tooth decay is present in your mouth, Dr. LaFrom may recommend that you get more fluoride which we may apply in-office fluoride treatments or write a prescription for a mouth rinse with higher concentrations of the mineral
  • Most cities and towns in the United States have treated the water supplies with small amounts of fluoride. This has drastically reduced the incidences of decay and cavities in children and the poor.

While there is some controversy about whether fluoride is healthy for you, for patients not experiencing frequent gumline cavities or demineralization, you are probably just fine, especially if you are an adult. In some patients who might be higher risk, fluoride gels are one of many treatments we can offer to assist with minimizing the acidic effects of certain foods or side effects of certain medications. If you’re curious about fluoride, tooth decay, and cavities, schedule an appointment with our office today for a gentle and thorough dental examination. Dr. LaFrom is currently accepting new patients. You can contact our Cupertino dentist office at (408) 996-8595. We protect smiles in Sunnyvale, San Jose, Campbell, Saratoga, and Santa Clara County.

~ by cupertinodentist on January 21, 2012.

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