Good oral hygiene is essential for a healthy smile, and fluoride plays an important role in keeping our teeth strong and healthy. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water, soil, and food. It helps to strengthen the enamel of the teeth, making them more resistant to cavities and decay.
Fluoride works by forming a protective barrier on the enamel of the teeth, making it harder for bacteria and acid to break down the enamel. It also helps to replace minerals that are lost due to acid erosion of the enamel. Studies have shown that fluoride helps to reduce cavities by up to 25%, making it an important part of any oral health regimen.
In addition to drinking fluoridated water, there are other ways to ensure that you are getting enough fluoride. These include using toothpaste or mouthwash that contains fluoride and having regular professional cleanings that include fluoride treatments. Fluoride treatments are often used to help reduce the risk of cavities in children and adults who are at high risk for tooth decay.
But what about children? Should they be using toothpaste with fluoride? Dr. Birch does not recommend young children use fluoridated toothpaste because they tend to swallow it. He recommends drinking the city water which has fluoride in it. He also recommends fluoride treatments to be done in the office for young patients who are able to.
If you have any questions about fluoride and how it can benefit your oral health, don’t hesitate to ask Dr Birch. He’ll be able to provide you with the best advice for your individual needs.