Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been scientifically proven to strengthen teeth (enamel) which prevents decay. Tooth decay is still considered one of the most common diseases affecting children and adults today. So what are the best ways to prevent tooth decay? For years, our dental health professionals have be advocating brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each time, cleaning in between your teeth every day by flossing, eating a healthy diet and having regular dental check ups. The use of fluoride also plays an important role in reducing cavities. It has been shown to reduce decay by at least 25% and has been included in the list of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century.
Teeth can benefit from fluoride in two ways. When you ingest or swallow fluoride and when placed directly on the tooth’s surface.
Topical fluoride can be administered in a variety of ways like tooth paste, mouth rinse and varnish. Fluoride that is placed on the tooth’s surface helps make the tooth more resistant to acid attack that causes tooth decay. When we used tooth paste we recommend to use fluoridated tooth paste. In children under the age of 3, using a small amount of fluoridated tooth paste in an amount that is no bigger than the size of a grain of rice. After the age of 3 or when the person is able to spit out the excess, we recommend an amount of tooth paste to about the size of a pea. After your dental cleaning we recommend fluoride varnish placement in kids 14 and under, or if you are considered a higher risk of decay for adults.
Since the 1960’s, communities have been adding the right amount of fluoride to community water. According to the American Dental Association, for more than 70 years of study and experience, water fluoridation has been shown to be safe and effective. Fluoride that is swallowed helps teeth that have not yet erupted develop enamel that is more resistant to decay.
Many homes here in Grand county are using private wells for water. Because fluoride is naturally occurring, some water sources may not have the right amount of fluoride to be effective. For these homes, it is important to have your water checked for contaminates on a yearly basis. You can call (303) 692-3048 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org for your water testing needs. Winter Park Dental offers complimentary fluoride testing here at our office. Just take a water sample from your tap and bring it to our office in a clean bottle and we will get the results back to you. For children from 6 months to 16 years old, if needed we can supplement your daily fluoride dose with a prescription that comes in chewable pill form or liquid drops. If you receive water from a water district source, give them a call and see if you are protected.
Winter Park Dental is here to help you achieve your dental health goals. For more information you can check out www.ada.org and search fluoridation facts. Our friendly and professional staff would love to answer any questions that you may have. We appreciate your continued trust in us to provide a high level of dental care that you deserve. For more information on improving your dental health, give us a call at 970-726-5556.