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What to Know About Flouride

January 19, 2015

Fluoride will help protect the teeth from cavities and also help reverse the early stages of decay. Drinking tap water is the main source of fluoride. The U.S. Public Health Service recognized the dental health risks to young children who got inadequate fluoride. They set recommendations for fluoride levels in drinking water in the range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter. In the years since, children and adults have fluoride options in dental care products, toothpaste, mouthwash, and office fluoride treatments. Having good dental care is important to maintain a healthy mouth. There are also some tips you can do at home to keep your mouth and teeth in the best overall condition. One of the most beneficial tips is to use fluoride.


Knowing what Fluorosis is


Know how much fluoride to use, as using too much can cause issues as well. Too much fluoride during early childhood when the permanent teeth are forming under the gums but have not erupted can cause dental fluorosis. This is a discoloration of the permanent teeth. After a child’s permanent teeth have come in, fluoride will no longer cause tooth fluorosis. Fluorosis can range from very mild, barely noticeable white spots or streaks to severe discoloration with a mottled brown or pitted appearance.



Fluoride in the Water


Almost sixty percent of Americans get fluoridated tap water in their homes. In some communities, it is naturally occurring. In other places, fluoride is added at water processing plants. It is estimated that fluoride in water cuts down on cavities by as much as forty percent. The CDC calls water fluoridation one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the twentieth century. Having fluoride in the water is a quick and easy way to get the fluoride you need.



Knowing How much Fluoride to Use


It is important to have fluoride in your dental habits. This will help prevent cavities and other issues with your teeth. If you are not sure how much you should use, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on what products to use. There are several ways you might be getting fluoride. You can get fluoride from the drinking water. Some areas have naturally occurring levels of fluoride. You can also have fluoride treatments and supplements. If the water is not fluoridated, make sure to talk to us about proper supplements or treatments that would benefit you. There is also fluoride in toothpaste. Using fluoride can help prevent against cavities. If you were unsure of what toothpaste would be right for you, make sure to contact us and we can recommend good toothpaste that will benefit your teeth and mouth. Also remember to go to regular dental visits. This way we can inspect your teeth and mouth to ensure there are no issues. If you ever experience any issues between dental visits, make sure to contact us. Catching an issue at the first sign can help prevent time, money, stress, and issues in the long run.

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