Hello, and welcome to Steven T. Cutbirth DDS. Today’s post focuses on fluoride: ‘What is it, exactly, and why is it so beneficial to your dental health?’
The Miracle Mineral
Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. Fluoride is found in different foods as well as in water. Many adjust the fluoride content of their municipal water. Fluoride is also added to dental care products. This makes it possible for you to apply fluoride to your teeth when you brush your teeth or use mouth rinses.
And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it will help to prevent tooth decay, of course! Fluoride does this by giving the teeth greater resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria as well as sugar in the mouth.
Essential for Young Teeth
Fluoride is especially vital for youth. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in, therefore fluoride exposure is extremely helpful for building a strong foundation for lifelong oral health.
But, stay tuned, adults: the enamel-strengthening benefits of topical fluoride are available to you as well! In addition to the oral care products mentioned previously, adults can get a boost of this miracle mineral during routine dental cleanings at Steven T. Cutbirth DDS.
I’m Dr. Steven Cutbirth and I have a full-service dental practice in Waco. Helping my dental patients maintain prime dental health is vital for me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want through cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.
My practice has been serving the Waco area since 1981, and we would like you to be our next satisfied patient. Please contact us at 254-772-5420 so we can make an appointment for you.
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/fluoride-treatment, accessed on September 18, 2013