Fluoride is a mineral that is consumed through food and water into our diets. Like calcium and phosphate, fluoride is redeposited to the enamel layer of our teeth through foods and water. Since 1945, fluoride was added to drinking water and tooth decay has significantly declined.
It is very important for children between the ages of 6 months to 16 years to be exposed to fluoride as it is important for the development of their permanent teeth. It has helps to protect their teeth from acids.
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay as it helps make your teeth stronger and resident to the damage of acid and sugar. It can also help reverse early decay, so that’s why it’s so important to practice healthy eating habits in addition to your oral hygiene routine. New research has indicated that not just children benefit from a topical fluoride to help fight tooth decay and strengthen teeth.
If you don’t think you are getting enough fluoride from your diet, there are other ways you can be exposed:
  • Fluoridated toothpastes and mouthrinses – these are lower strengths and are available over-the-counter
  • Fluoride treatments such as a gel/foam/varnish – your dentist can apply this at the office as they are higher in strength
Talk to our team at your next visit and see what they recommend for your oral health needs!