You rarely hear the word “toothpaste” without it being preceded by “fluoride.” “Fluoride toothpaste” is ubiquitous for good reason.
Fluoride is an important mineral that helps your teeth stay strong. It is found in some foods and water and makes toothpastes more effective at fighting cavities. Fluoride helps teeth by making them stronger and more resistant to the dangerous acid that is formed by bacteria. Dr. Trey Carico may recommend a fluoride treatment in addition to your dental cleaning.
The fluoride used in in-office treatments comes in either a gel or foam and may be available in several flavors. The fluoride is applied directly to teeth through the use of a plastic dental tray that fits over your teeth. The tray is kept in your mouth for just a few minutes. Fluoride treatments are a simple and painless way to strengthen your teeth and maintain an attractive smile.
While many Chattanooga Center for Comprehensive Dentistry patients understand the importance of fluoride treatments in fortifying developing teeth in children, some do not realize the importance of fluoride for adults. For this reason, fluoride treatments are sometimes recommended to adults who are susceptible to enamel wear or cavities.
If you wonder if you or your child is getting enough fluoride, communicate with Dentist Carico about fluoride supplements. Dentist Carico will let you know if they are required and determine the precise supplement dosage. Don’t give your child fluoride supplements without your dentist’s counsel. Too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis which discolors teeth and, ironically, can make teeth more susceptible to decay.
A factor that affects the amount of fluoride your kids are receiving is where you get your drinking water. Your children may not need fluoride supplements if they drink tap water from a fluoridated Tennessee municipal water supply. If your family only drinks bottled water without fluoride, you may want to think about supplementation. Keep in mind that the FDA does not require bottled water companies to list the fluoride content on the bottle label and many brands sold in the Red Bank area do not contain fluoride.
If your child is getting adequate levels of fluoride but continues to get cavities, communicate with Dentist Carico about useful dental sealants. They have proven to be very effective at protecting the rear molars from cavities.
Dr. Carico is passionate about preventative dentistry with important twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings that may include a fluoride treatment. Call 423-756-1540 to book an exam and cleaning and be on your way to a healthy, attractive smile!
Chattanooga Center for Comprehensive Dentistry is located at 830 Cherokee Blvd, Chattanooga, TN in Chattanooga. We provide unmatched dental care with a comprehensive menu of general and cosmetic dental procedures including dental implants, sedation dentistry, and dental implants.
Trey Carico is a member of the ICOI. You can learn more about ICOI at https://www.icoi.org/.
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