Many people have heard about fluoride before, whether at the dentist’s office, on a toothpaste advertisement, or another source. However, few know why it is vital for dental health. Demineralization occurs when plaque and bacteria erode protective tooth enamel, which can lead to tooth decay. If left untreated, tooth decay can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss. Fluoride is an essential mineral that helps with remineralization, a process that combats demineralization by restoring the minerals necessary to maintain strong enamel and a healthy smile.
Where Fluoride Can Be Found
It is recommended for adults to consume between three and four milligrams of fluoride every day to help strengthen their teeth and bones. Fluoride can be applied to the surface of the teeth in the form of over-the-counter, fluoride-enriched toothpaste or mouthwash. It also exists in drinking water, natural bodies of water, many different kinds of food, and supplements. Consuming fluoride allows it to strengthen the teeth from the inside out, particularly when the permanent teeth are first developing. Fluoride can be found in the following food sources:
- Black tea
- White wine
- Canned crab
Professional Fluoride Treatment
While fluoride is especially crucial during adolescence, we at Gum Dental recommend it to all of our patients, regardless of their age. Patients who are at a higher risk of tooth decay may want to consider a professional fluoride treatment to boost remineralization. We offer fluoride treatments that involve applying fluoride-concentrated varnish directly to the teeth. We also offer other preventative care services, such as dental exams and cleanings, to identify dental conditions in their early stages and preserve the integrity of your teeth.
To learn more about fluoride treatments or other dental services, please call 610.746.0488 and schedule your consultation at Gum Dental today.