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Fluoride and Your Teeth

Posted on 4/12/2021 by Watermark Dentistry
Fluoride and Your TeethFluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that is present in fresh and salt water source. A majority of toothpaste available in the market contain fluoride as it is an easy, effective, and budget-friendly way to promote oral health.

Benefits of Fluoride for Your Teeth

A major dental benefit of this mineral is that it is readily present in the mineral structure of teeth that makes them strong and more decay-resistant. Fluoride is quite beneficial for your teeth as it also helps reverse tiny cavities and tooth decay that you may be experiencing.

How to Supply Fluoride to Your Teeth

You can supply fluoride to your teeth in two main ways – through your body or by applying it topically. While applying fluoride topically helps people of all ages, supplying it to your body is only beneficial for children up to the age of 9.

The fluoride present in drinking water can reach your teeth in both ways. It travels through your body and benefits your teeth when you swallow it, and it also stays in your mouth throughout the day. Using toothpaste and mouthwashes are also a great way to supply your teeth with higher concentrations of fluoride in a short period of time. Also, many people tend to visit the dentist to have fluoride applied directly to their teeth.

HowMuch Fluoride Do You Need?

The amount of fluoride you require varies according to your risk for decay, which is influenced by many factors such as your biochemistry, diet, and your daily oral hygiene routine. If you maintain an effective daily oral care routine, have a good and healthy diet, the risk of tooth decay will be quite low. However, remember that there is no such thing as too much fluoride, especially when it comes to children.

If you wish to schedule an appointment for any dental concerns, call us at (206) 242-5808 or visit us at Watermark Dentistry.

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