Dental Fluoride: Nature’s Cavity Fighter

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Fluoride is a mineral that can greatly benefit your dental health. Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter, as it helps prevent cavities in patients by strengthening the tooth enamel from acid attacks. It can also reverse early decay. This mineral naturally occurs in many foods and in water.

Where Else Can Fluoride Be Found?
Dental fluoride can be applied to the teeth in a variety of ways. Many toothpastes and mouthwashes have fluoride added to better protect your teeth. You can buy mouthwashes that have lower strengths of fluoride over the counter. However, if you want a mouthwash with a higher concentration, you must get a prescription from our dentists. Drs. Hungerford, Witcher, Walker, Snowden, and Philpott can also apply fluoride when you visit us for your routine dental appointment. Fluoride treatments at a dental office have a much higher concentration of fluoride than is found in mouthwashes and toothpastes. At a dental office, dental fluoride can be applied as a gel, foam, or varnish. Gels can be applied to the teeth either with a mouth guard or painted on. If a varnish is used, it is painted onto the teeth. Foams are applied to the teeth using a mouth guard.

Who Can Benefit from Dental Fluoride?
Both children and adults can benefit from dental fluoride. Fluoride intake is the most crucial between 6 months and 16 years old. During these ages, the primary and permanent teeth grow in and fluoride can strengthen the developing teeth. In adults, fluoride is an important aspect of fighting tooth decay.

Feel free to contact Family & Implant Dentistry today for more information about fluoride treatment in Manhattan, Kansas, and to schedule a visit. We look forward to getting to know you and your family!