Using Fluoride to Protect Your Teeth
You brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and visit the dentist every six months, but did you know that rinsing with fluoride — a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay — also helps keep your teeth healthy and strong?
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay by coating your teeth and preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth's surface.
Fluoride comes in two varieties, systemic and topical:
- Systemic fluoride is ingested, usually through a public water supply. While teeth are forming under the gums, the fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, making it stronger and more resistant to cavities.
- Fluoride can also be applied topically to help prevent caries (cavities) on teeth present in the mouth. It is delivered through toothpaste and professional fluoride applications.
Receiving a fluoride treatment from your dentist
A fluoride treatment at our office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, we ask that you not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Dr. Bracy may also prescribe a toothpaste containing a prescription strength level of flouride.
How to choose the right fluoride treatment
When choosing your own at-home fluoride product, always check for the American Dental Association's (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined by the ADA, and approved based on safety and effectiveness.