What Exactly are the Benefits of Fluoride?

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Some may remember the fluoride rinse program required every week or month in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Instructions would be read by the teacher or another supervisor and followed promptly. There are other ways of administration including foods, beverages, and dietary supplements. Fluoride is a large preventative measure in making teeth more resistant to tooth decay, tooth enamel stronger, and giving you a great smile.

When using fluoride dental products, they provide a protective benefit on the surface. Fluoride ingested from food and beverages combines with saliva to help rebuild tooth enamel. This fluoride is a natural and safe additive in local water systems, helping to prevent tooth decay.

Fluoride in toothpastes and mouthwashes are another preventative measure that need to be used by brushing twice a day. Do not use mouthwash after brushing as it will hinder the benefits of toothpaste.

In your biannual visit to the dentist, dentists may also apply a higher level of fluoride in the form of a varnish (painted on the teeth), foams (put in a mouth guard and applied for a few minutes) and gels (painted or applied in a mouth guard). Discuss with your dentist which option is best for you.

Fluoride is essential as a preventative measure against tooth decay, and here at Dr. Michael Hollingsworth we strive to provide the best dental care for you and your smile. Contact us at 816.232.8788 here in St. Joseph, Missouri to schedule an appointment or consultation.