In the 1930’s a fascinating discovery was made. People in areas where fluoride was found in the water supply had fewer cavities than those who lived elsewhere. Researchers soon discovered that fluoride, which is a naturally occurring mineral had the ability to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay. Since that time, many local governments have added fluoride to their water supplies.
In children, fluoride strengthens developing teeth and bones. In adults, it helps to fortify tooth enamel. Fluoride from a water supply is also present in a person’s saliva, which remineralizes teeth during the day.
If you and your family brush twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride, and your local water supply has been fluoridated, chances are good that you and your family are getting the recommended amount of fluoride. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate your fluoride levels. If he determines that you need more fluoride, he may treat you in the office with a fluoride gel, recommend a fluoride rinse or prescribe pills that increase your fluoride levels.
While fluoride will benefit your teeth, it is not a replacement for proper oral hygiene. You should still continue to brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist for your routine exams and cleanings.
Concerned about your levels of fluoride? Our dentist, Dr. Eric Dunn at Willow Creek Family Dentistry will be glad to see you for an exam and a consultation. If you live in the Oxford, Ohio area, you can make an appointment by calling 513-523-7541. We look forward to seeing you soon!