WHAT IS FLUORIDE?
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies.
HOW DOES FLUORIDE REDUCE TOOTH DECAY?
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making teeth stronger
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET FLUORIDE?
You can get fluoride in two ways systemically by swallowing it or applying it to the surface of the tooth. We obtain fluoride systemically when a food or liquid containing fluoride is swallowed. The fluoride is taken into the body and is absorbed by the teeth and bones. Fluoride can also be applied topically, in which case a get, paste, rinse, or solution is placed. At Dentistry 2000, we also offer the Enamel Pro Varnish which is a great way to get the amount of fluoride your teeth require; which also helps with slowing down the development of decay
Systemic and topical fluoride can safely be used individually or in combination to help strengthen the teeth against decay. Don’t forget to ask the Dr. Assadian if you are a good candidate for Enamel pro Varnish.
WHO BENEFITS FROM FLUORIDE?
Everyone can benefit from fluoride’s ability to help prevent tooth decay. Many community water districts have either naturally occurring fluoride in their water or they add fluoride to their systems so everyone in the community can benefit. Unfortunately, 17% of California’s water supply is not fluoridated meaning individuals who live in areas without fluoridated water must find other ways to get enough fluoride to help prevent tooth decay.
HOW CAN WE GET FLUORIDE?
You can get fluoride from a variety of sources. If you do not live in an area where the water is fluoridated you will need to look for other sources of fluoride. One easy way to get fluoride is to make sure you are brushing with fluoridated toothpaste. You can also ask your family dentist about fluoride rinses, tablets, drops, and gels. At your next dental visit be sure to ask you family dentist if you are getting enough fluoride or if there something else you should be doing to assure you are getting the full benefit of fluoride.
Throughout California many schools conduct weekly fluoride mouth rinse programs. The programs are carried out under the supervision of an adult and can reduce the incidence of tooth decay by about 30% in both fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.
WHAT TO REMEMBER?
Fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay. It is important to remember to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day to remove plaque, the harmful film of bacteria that forms on teeth, eat a balanced diet, limit the daily number of snacks, and see your family dentist regularly.
Dr. Assadian and his highly qualified staff are here to assist you in all aspects of your dental needs.
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