Fluoride Treatments

 

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in water and some foods such as tea, fish, eggs and meat. Many communities have fluoride added to the public water supply, although this policy has been changing in some areas.

Fluoride helps prevent cavities by making the surface of the tooth more resistant to acid from foods and bacteria. It can also help reverse the effects of early stage tooth decay. Fluoride can strengthen the teeth from both the inside and the outside. Outside applications can come from toothpaste and fluoride treatments. On the inside, fluoride comes from the foods and water that you consume.

Fluoride treatments can be done in two ways. You can purchase fluoride treatments from your local pharmacy, or you can get a fluoride treatment from your dentist. Over-the-counter fluoride treatments are usually combined with an anti-bacterial mouth rinse and are not as strong as the fluoride treatment you would receive in your dentist’s office.

Dr. Pohlman uses a fluoride gel which is applied to your teeth as part of your check-up and cleaning visit. If he feels it is necessary, Dr. Pohlman may suggest the use of fluoride supplements that are given orally in the form of a tablet.

Although fluoride may be available in the public water supply, it is important to remember that this does not include bottled water. Many people who consume only bottled water are not getting the advantage of fluoridated water when they drink. Consult your dentist to make sure that you are getting an adequate supply of fluoride to keep your Big Happy Smiles healthy for a lifetime.