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. Public water supplies often have fluoridated water, which has the optimal level of fluoride.
What Dental Products Contain Dental Fluoride?
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. If you want a mouthwash with a higher concentration, you must get a prescription from Drs. Deines, Huffman, Clark, and Younger. Our dentists can also apply fluoride when you visit us for your routine dental appointment. At a dental office, dental fluoride can be applied as a gel, foam, or varnish. Fluoride treatments at a dental office have a much higher level of fluoride than what is found in toothpastes and mouthwashes. If a varnish is used, it is painted onto the teeth. Foams are applied to the teeth for one to four minutes using a mouth guard. Gels can be either applied with a mouth guard or painted on.
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 come in and fluoride can strengthen the growing teeth. In adults, fluoride helps fight tooth decay.
We encourage you to contact Arden Dental Group today for more information about dental fluoride in Arden, North Carolina, and to schedule an appointment. Our dentists and team are excited to welcome you and your family to our dental family!