What is Fluoride and Why is it Important for Dental Care?

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Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in water and many foods. Foods like tea, canned fish, kale, spinach, and apples. City water can sometimes contain fluoride as well. If you prefer fluoridated water and the water in your home does not have fluoride, there are supplements available.

Tooth decay can be slowed and prevented by fluoride. Fluoride prevents tooth decay by making the outer enamel of your teeth more resistant to the acid in the foods we eat and in the bacteria that live in our mouths.

There are many studies available that show positive effects in children’s teeth when fluoride is used at an early age. Fluoride can even reverse decay if the decay is caught early. Studies have shown that fluoride can also help prevent osteoporosis which is a disease that causes degenerative bone loss.

Our dental specialists are top of the line and we strive to keep you comfortable as well as healthy here at Eagle Rock Dental Care. We have offices in Idaho Falls, Rexburg, and Arco. Our staff is well-trained in keeping you safe and comfortable during your dental care visit. Please ask us about fluoride during your next visit and we will help to clarify any questions you may have.

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