What are the benefits of fluoride?

Fluoride. The word is used regularly in many areas of dentistry. We see fluoride toothpastes at the store in the oral care aisle, and patients may also have fluoride treatments performed with their dentist at their routine checkups. But what exactly is fluoride, and why is it so important?

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is actually a mineral that is found naturally in the environment. This mineral can be applied directly to the teeth at the dentist’s office or can be incorporated into toothpastes and other oral care products. Fluoride is also added to many municipalities directly into the water because of the many benefits it provides. The taste of fluoride is undetectable.

Why is fluoride used in dentistry?

Fluoride is a common preventative used to protect natural tooth enamel from cavities. Studies continue to show the benefits of fluoride when integrated into a dental treatment plan or included in water and toothpastes.

Fluoride:

  • Strengthens the natural tooth enamel to protect it from disease and decay
  • Hardens tooth enamel as an extra layer of protection against softening
  • Combats harmful acids that are produced by the buildup of plaque that can rot teeth
  • Reduces the need for expensive dental work when consumed regularly to fortify teeth
  • Reduces the risk of periodontal disease and cavities, ensuring a healthy smile

How can I get fluoride in beneficial amounts?

It is essential that you make fluoride a part of your oral healthcare habits. In addition to drinking plenty of water that has added fluoride, you can brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Additionally, speaking to your dentist about fluoride applications during your routine visits can also help. By following these recommendations, you can take full advantage of the powers of fluoride!

Learn more about preventive dental care

If you live in or around the community of Springfield, MA and want to speak to a professional about the benefits of fluoride, we encourage you to call us at Taylor Street Dental. Schedule an appointment with our front office team by calling (413) 781-7645 and visit us at 41 Taylor Street on the fourth floor.

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