Fluoride (chemical name: sodium fluoride) is a natural mineral and, next to brushing and flossing, the single most effective method of preventing cavity-causing tooth decay.
Tooth enamel loves fluoride, which absorbs into teeth and increases resistance to decay. In years past, most people were exposed to it on a daily basis, thanks to the fluoridation of the municipal water supply. Today however, many people skip the tap water and stick to bottled or filtered water instead. Without the benefit of daily fluoride on the teeth, the incidence of tooth decay has begun to increase. The good news is that, today, you can easily protect your entire family’s teeth with safe, effective fluoride treatments at Kids and Family Dental.
How Fluoride Treatments Work
Several types of fluoridation treatment may be prescribed by the dentist. The simplest type is a prescription-strength mouth rinse. Over-the-counter products include a very small amount of the important mineral so, if your family isn’t getting enough help, a rinse may do the trick. An even more helpful treatment, according to a growing body of research, is fluoride gel or foam, brushed on while you’re at the dentist’s office. For this treatment, your dental technician or hygienist essentially paints a thick, adhesive coat of fluoride-containing gel or foam onto the teeth. Not only is this approach highly effective, it’s also extremely safe as little or none of the mineral is ingested.
Today’s Treatments Are Safe and Healthy
Misinformation, like cat videos, is all over the internet. Some people believe that sodium fluoride is potentially harmful to the human body. Like most things, too much of a good
thing can be dangerous, and ingesting an excessive quantity of this mineral may cause problems. But small quantities naturally occur in water and in many foods.
Chances are, you and your family already use a fluoridated toothpaste and mouth rinse too. In fact, the American Dental Association has 70 years of research that supports the safety and effectiveness of fluoride.* The Centers for Disease Control have named community water fluoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.** With all this proof of fluoride’s safety and effectiveness, there’s no need to miss out on its great benefits.
Don’t risk your family’s oral health. Contact us today to schedule a treatment, or ask us about it on your next visit.