A key ingredient to proper oral health is fluoride. When used properly, fluoride provides your enamel with the ultimate protection. Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in foods and water supplies, but it is also produced synthetically to be added to products like toothpaste to benefit your oral hygiene routine.
Fluoride enters your system in two ways: topically and systemically.
Like the name suggests, this is when fluoride enters your system through food and water. The mineral is found naturally in several foods and even in water. It is also added to public water supplies to provide you will the best protection possible. Fluoride starts protecting the teeth before they even emerge from the gum line. Just one more reason a proper diet can save the health of your teeth.
Fluoride also provides excellent protection when applied directly to the tooth’s enamel. You can achieve this protection by using fluoride toothpastes, mouthwash, and fluoride treatments applied by a dentist.
There are plenty of great ways to get a healthy dose of fluoride. But we all know that it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Especially when it comes to children, overuse of fluoride can be a real scare. Here are a few things you should know about getting an appropriate amount of fluoride in your life.
Check with your dentist first and always: before adding an extra dose of fluoride to your oral hygiene routine, consult your dentist. It is best to know which products are safest and just how much is too much.
Water supplies are safe: fluoride is added to water supplies and you can rest assured knowing that a lot of research and regulation goes into making sure the supplies are safe, safe, safe.
Toothpastes & Mouthwash: most toothpastes have fluoride to give your enamel that extra boost of protection. These products are perfectly safe to use unless your dentist says otherwise. Kid’s toothpastes can also be infused with fluoride but make sure you have an okay from the dentist before you choose your child’s toothpaste.
Dental Diet: for a healthy and safe dose of fluoride, simply increase fluoride in your diet. Foods high in folic acid are a great way to start.
Supplements: if you really need a boost of fluoride for your oral health, there are supplements available. Talk to your dentist if you think you might be needing that extra boost.
At Eagle Rock Dental Care, we want to make sure your oral health is protected. If you have any questions or concerns about your current fluoride use don’t hesitate to contact us! Schedule your appointment at your convenience online today. Let’s keep that smile glowing and strong!