Published: 07/18/2019
Young woman holding a toothbrush and placing fluoride toothpaste on it.

Fluoride should play an important role in any person’s dental care. We’ve provided some helpful information to consider below, but for more information, you can always reach out to Shore Smiles Dental.

Why Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is pivotal in preventing tooth decay. The foods and drinks we put in our mouth each day slowly wear down the enamel of our teeth. Acids, formed from plaque bacteria and sugars, attack the tooth enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay. Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to the wear caused by plaque and sugar, which in turn helps prevent tooth decay. While fluoride is important for the health of teeth at all ages, it plays an especially important role for children under the age of six. The inclusion of fluoride in a healthy diet and dental regimen before this age allows fluoride to be integrated into the child’s permanent teeth as they develop. This makes the tooth enamel of these permanent teeth less susceptible to tooth decay for the life of the teeth.

What Are Sources of Fluoride?

Fluoride can be found in many forms and from several sources, including:

  • Foods, including most fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, and meat
  • Water, with the ideal amount of fluoride being .7 to 1.2 parts per million
    • To find out whether your local water includes the recommended levels of fluoride, you can contact Shore Smiles Dental or check here.
    • Check the label of bottled water to determine if it includes the recommended amount of fluoride.
  • Toothpaste and mouth rinses
  • Professional fluoride treatments

Where Can I Receive Fluoride Treatments?

Shore Smiles Dental is happy to set up a consultation to discuss whether professional fluoride treatments make sense for you and your family. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

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