Fluoride: Nature’s Cavity Fighter

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Fluoride is a mineral that can greatly benefit your dental health. Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter, as it helps prevent cavities in patients by strengthening the tooth enamel against acid attacks. It can also reverse early decay. This mineral can be found in many places, including:

Our Office
Dr. Hodges and Dr. Whites can apply fluoride when you visit us for your routine dental appointment. At a dental office, dental fluoride can be applied as a gel, foam, or varnish. Fluoride treatments at a dental office have a much higher concentration of fluoride than what is found in toothpastes and mouthwashes.

Fluoride Supplement
Fluoride supplements are only available by prescription. They come in tablet, drop, and lozenge forms. Drs. Hodges and Whites may recommend fluoride supplements to children who are between six months and sixteen years of age that live in areas without enough fluoride in their drinking water supply.

Use toothpaste that has fluoride to help prevent cavities. Look for a toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance to be sure that it has fluoride. Brush your teeth at least twice a day.

Fluoride is naturally found in most water sources, including rivers, lakes, wells, and oceans. Fluoride has been added to public water supplies for the last 70 years to bring the fluoride level up. Before water was fluoridated, children developed about three times as many cavities. About 75 percent of the population in the U.S. uses fluoridated water systems.

Who Can Benefit From Dental Fluoride?
Both children and adults can benefit from dental fluoride. Fluoride intake is the most crucial between 6 months and 16 years old. During these ages, the primary and permanent teeth grow in and fluoride can strengthen the developing teeth. In adults, fluoride is an important aspect of fighting tooth decay.

We invite you to contact Family Dental Associates at 662-453-5536 today to learn more about fluoride in Greenwood, Mississippi, and to schedule your next visit with our dentists.