What Is Fluoride, and How Do I Get More of It?

February 22, 2018

ToothMany of us have heard of fluoride — it’s in toothpastes, mouthwashes, and even our water! Yet, many of us are mystified by this chemical and how it can improve our dental health.

Sugars and plaque strip your teeth’s enamel of minerals necessary to keep them strong. If your teeth go long enough without these minerals (like phosphate, calcium, and fluoride), they can start to decay! Fluoride treatments available at the drugstore or even your local dentist are a perfect way to restore your teeth’s enamel and protect them from the acids that we encounter in our daily lives.

What Fluoride Treatments Are Available?

Tap water: You don’t always have to shell out the big bucks to get access to fluoride. Many cities have fluoride added to their drinking water! To see if your city’s water has fluoride, visit the CDC’s water system map.

toothpasteToothpastes and mouthwashes: Many pastes and rinses available at your local drugstore contain fluoride! If you’re looking for a larger dose, your dentist can set you up with a prescription paste or rinse.

Supplements: Another easy option are supplements. Your dentist can prescribe you a supplement, available in tablet or liquid form, to help increase your fluoride intake without changing your dental care routine.

In-office treatments: Your dentist can give you a fluoride treatment right in the office! These treatments are quick and effective — your dentist will apply a fluoride gel or foam to your teeth, allow it to sit for a few minutes, and then rinse it off.

How Do I Know If I’m Getting Enough Fluoride?

Now you’ve checked your drinking water and are taking your supplements, but how do you know if you’re really getting enough? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the best course of action is to both ingest fluoride and apply it topically — like taking a fluoride supplement while brushing with a fluoride toothpaste.

The best way to make sure you’re meeting your fluoride requirements is to meet with your dentist. Everyone requires different levels of fluoride based on the current state of your teeth, whether your city adds fluoride to its water, and how prone you are to decay.

Scheduling a Fluoride Treatment

If you’d like to make sure you’re checking all the boxes when it comes to fluoride, call our office at (303) 364-6659 or schedule an appointment online. We have fluoride treatments available in office and are happy to answer any of your questions!

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