Hello, and welcome to The Parkway Dentist. Today’s post focuses on fluoride: ‘What is it, exactly, and why is it so beneficial to your dental health?’
The Miracle Mineral
Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. Fluoride is contained in different foods as well as in water. Many adjust the fluoride content of their municipal water. Fluoride is also added to oral care products. This makes it possible for you to apply fluoride to your teeth when you brush your teeth or use mouth rinses.
And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it will help to prevent tooth decay, of course! Fluoride does this by giving the teeth increased resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria as well as sugar in the mouth.
Essential for Young Teeth
Fluoride is especially important for children. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in, therefore fluoride exposure is extremely beneficial for building a foundation for lifelong oral health.
But, stay tuned, adults: the enamel-strengthening benefits of topical fluoride are available to you as well! In addition to the oral care products mentioned previously, adults can get a boost of this miracle mineral during routine dental cleanings at The Parkway Dentist.
I’m Dr. Justin Cook and I have a full-service dental practice in Fort Worth. Helping my dental patients maintain proper dental health is important for me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want through cosmetic dentistry procedures such as, teeth whitening, and complete smile makeovers.
My practice has been serving the Fort Worth area since 1973, and we would like you to be our next satisfied patient. Please contact us at 469-949-8707 so we can make an appointment for you.
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/fluoride-treatment, accessed on September 18, 2013
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