You may have heard the word fluoride in the past, and wondered about it. At Dennis J Coleman DDS – Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we want to discuss the facts about fluoride – ‘What is it, exactly, and why is it so helpful to your dental health?’
The Miracle Mineral
Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. Fluoride occurs naturally in all water sources, even the ocean. Many counties adjust the fluoride content of their municipal water. Fluoride is also added to oral care products. This makes it possible for you to apply fluoride to your teeth when you brush your teeth or use mouth rinses.
And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it will help to prevent cavities, of course! Fluoride does this by giving the teeth greater resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria as well as sugar in the mouth.
Essential for Young Teeth
Fluoride is especially important for little ones. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in, therefore fluoride exposure is extremely helpful for setting a foundation for lifelong oral health.
But, stay tuned, adults: the enamel-strengthening benefits of topical fluoride are available to you as well! In addition to the oral care products mentioned previously, adults can get a boost of this miracle mineral during routine dental cleanings at Dennis J Coleman DDS – Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.
You can get treatment for the whole family all in one convenient location at Dennis J. Coleman DDS – Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, in Davidson. Helping our dental patients maintain ideal dental health is important for me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want through cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.
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