What to Gain from Fluoride

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Do you eat and drink every day? Do you brush your teeth? What you may not know is fluoride is in almost everything you consume as well as dental products. Fluoride is important in your child’s oral care, and Orem Pediatric Dentistry wants you to know the daily benefits of using fluoride and all the ways you can consume it.

Visiting your dentist twice a year will give you more options of fluoride. When your dentist applies fluoride, you get a higher percentage of fluoride. Fluoride can be applied in the form of gels (painted on the teeth or applied in a mouth guard), a varnish (painted), or foams (put in a mouth guard and applied for a few minutes). Discover your best option by communicating with your dentist on your biannual visits.

Local water systems contain fluoride additives, and you may have concerns when you hear this information. They are in fact very beneficial towards the health of your teeth. This is one of the safe and natural ways you can avoid tooth decay.

Small quantities of fluoride in foods, beverages, and dietary supplements are further ways to get your daily dose. Fluoride eaten from food and beverages collected with saliva helps improve tooth enamel.

The use of fluoride dental products provides a protective layer on the exterior of your teeth. Mouthwashes are one function, but be sure not to use it after brushing as it will get in the way of the benefits of toothpaste. Fluoride in toothpastes is another deterrent to decay or plaque, so make sure to brush twice a day.

Fluoride is fundamental as a preventative measure against plaque, tooth decay and helps strengthen tooth enamel. Here at Orem Pediatric Dentistry we want to provide superlative dental care for you and your smile. Contact us at 801-802-7200 here in Orem, Utah for a consultation and schedule an appointment.