Fluoride is your friend when it comes to fighting cavities. And no one wants cavities! You may have heard the term at your dentist’s office or maybe read it on a toothpaste package, but still remain unsure about what it actually is. Let’s learn about nature’s very own cavity fighter!
What Exactly Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral found naturally in a variety of places, including water, soil, and some foods. The reason we’re interested in it so much is because it can actually strengthen teeth and serve as protection against tooth decay. Essentially, it helps with the remineralizing, or rebuilding, process in the enamel of your teeth.
How Can I Get Fluoride?
There are two ways to get fluoride: topical and systemic. Topical fluoride is fluoride that’s applied directly. For example, the fluoride that gets brushed on teeth during fluoride treatment at the dentist. Toothpastes and mouth rinses with fluoride are two other examples.
Systemic fluoride is fluoride that’s ingested into your system. Fluoridated water is an example of this. Many people in the U.S. live in areas where fluoride has been added to the water supply. There are also dietary fluoride supplements you can take in tablet or lozenge form, but they’re only available through a prescription.
Am I Getting Enough Fluoride?
Generally, if you stick to a healthy at-home dental routine using fluoride toothpaste, eat a nutritious diet, and drink fluoridated water, then you’re getting enough fluoride. Really, the best way to know if you could benefit from more fluoride is to ask your dentist. They’ll be able to examine your teeth and provide a recommendation.
If you’d like to know more about fluoride treatment, contact the team at High Point Family Dentistry. We’re happy to answer any and all questions you might have.