There are many nutrients and minerals that we should be including in our diet so that our teeth can be healthy and strong. Calcium and phosphorus are extremely important for strengthening your teeth, for example. Another important mineral is fluoride. Fluoride strengthens your tooth enamel so that your teeth can be protected from decay.
There are many sources for fluoride, but many patients aren’t taking advantage of those sources. One of the biggest sources of fluoride is in most drinking water. Research has shown that communities with fluoridated tap water see drastic drops in decay within the years following the addition of this powerful mineral. However, if you drink bottled water, you are missing this benefit. We recommend getting a high quality water filter for your tap so that you can enjoy great tasting water and still benefit from the added fluoride.
Other Fluoride Options
Drinking water is not the only way to get fluoride for your teeth. Most toothpastes and mouth rinses contain fluoride, but for it to be effective, you need to be sure you are brushing for at least two minutes each session. If we notice that your enamel is still pretty weak, we might recommend a fluoride treatment in the office during your next appointment. We place a fluoride solution in a mouth tray and place it over your teeth for several minutes. A treatment like this has been known to heal soft spots, which are the first signs of decay.
Fluoride is extremely important to your oral health. There is such a thing as too much fluoride, especially for children, so it’s important that you know when and where your are exposing your family to this powerful mineral. Contact us today if you have more questions about how fluoride affects your smile. We would love to hear from you soon to help you have a happier, stronger smile!