Many patients don’t really think about dentistry until they need immediate treatment. Perhaps they notice an aching tooth, or they chip some enamel biting into a hard piece of a candy—these patient seek immediate dental care. However, it’s best for all patients to pursue preventative dentistry, so that they can avoid serious dental problems and restorative dentistry bills in the future!
In the world of preventative dentistry fluoride is a heavy-hitting, important supplement. Fluoride helps to remineralize teeth, as they become remineralized due to acid exposure during the day. Demineralization causes all sorts of dental problems—it can contribute to cavities and make dental enamel more prone to chipping and fracture.
Using fluoridated dental formulas everyday can keep your teeth resilient and strong. Taking care to regularly remineralize teeth keeps them from becoming too deficient in calcium and phosphorous.
You may not realize it, but you’re probably already exposed to a good mount of fluoride throughout the day.
· If you live in the United States, your tap water is supply is already fluoridated. Tap water fluoridation has helped stem rampant levels of dental decay and help children develop strong permanent teeth.
· Most adult toothpastes contain appropriate levels of fluoride to boost dental remineralization. Check your toothpaste package to make sure that you’re using a fluoridated formula.
· Additionally, over the counter mouthwashes usually have significant levels of fluoride—so you can boost your remineralization power by rinsing with a mouthwash in the morning and the night.
If you’re found to be deficient in your fluoride consumption, your dentist can prescribe some specially fluoridated mouthwashes or fluoride supplements to boost your intake.
Give our Tinley Park dentist office a call to learn more about fluoride treatments, or to schedule your own dental health consultation. We’re here to help you achieve and maintain a strong, stunning smile for years to come!