Fluoride is a mineral naturally present in most food and water with immense benefits to teeth that have been known for over fifty years. Fluoride can help strengthen teeth that have erupted as well as teeth that are still developing under the gums by seeping into the outer layer of tooth enamel and making them more decay-resistant. It is essential for having and maintaining healthy teeth and is especially important due to the following:
Inadequate fluoride exposure
Frequent sugar and carbohydrates intake
Deep fissures and pits on the occlusal surfaces of teeth
Exposed tooth root surfaces
History of dental caries
Inadequate salivary flow due to medical treatments, medications, or medical conditions
Poor oral hygiene habits
Besides getting fluoride from natural sources like our food and water supply, fluoride is also present in many toothpastes, mouth rinses, and dental gels. It is also available as a supplement in the form of drops, gels, or tablets. Fluoride drops are recommended for infants while tablets are suited for older children, teenagers, and adults.
Our Brooklyn Dentists generally recommend that children get a professional fluoride application done twice a year at their dental check-ups.
While fluoride is essential for preventing tooth decay, too much fluoride can also have negative effects. Excessive fluoride can lead to fluorosis, a condition that results in white spots on your teeth.
Talk to your dentist, Dr. Shahin, about how fluoride can help you achieve strong, healthy teeth. And remember, fluoride can’t keep your teeth healthy on its own! Keep up good dental habits by brushing at least twice a day for two minutes at a time, flossing regularly, reducing sugar intake, eating balanced meals, and regularly setting up visits to your dentist at Brooklyn Dentist.
If you have any concerns about fluoride treatment and safety, please feel free to contact Brooklyn Dentist. We serve patients in Crown Heights, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, and other neighborhoods in Brooklyn.