Years ago it was discovered that fluoride was a very important tool in fighting tooth decay. A natural mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water, fluoride helps to protect the enamel of your teeth from demineralization. When your enamel is attacked by acids, sugar and plaque bacteria, you can lose vital minerals. If you don’t replace those minerals with fluoride, phosphate and calcium, your tooth’s enamel is left vulnerable to decay. The widespread use of fluoride over the years has greatly reduced the amount of cavities people get in the U.S. Today, the regular use of fluoride in the local water supply, as well as in toothpastes and mouth rinses is highly recommended as part of one’s oral hygiene regimen. At the end of every cleaning appointment our patients, child and adult get fluoride treatment to prevent tooth decay.
If needed we can even provide prescription strength fluoride for people with a higher incidence of tooth decay and cavities.