Tooth decay is one of the most common disease throughout the world that can develop into a serious problem. To minimize the risk of dental decay, research has shown and proven the efficacy of fluoride in helping prevent tooth decay. Fluoride strengthens the tooth by binding to the crystals in the enamel layer of the tooth. To determine which treatment approach and procedures would be right for you, please contact our office today to speak with a dental professional to determine how your dental health can be best managed.
Fluoride has been scientifically proven to lower the risk of issues such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, and teeth sensitivity when applied properly in conservative amounts and at specific intervals. The best way to maximize the benefits of fluoride is with the placement of fluoride varnish on the surface of teeth immediately after being professionally cleaned. The therapeutic effects of fluoride varnish can last up to 60-90 days.
If you suffer from dry mouth as a side effect of prescription drugs, your risk of developing tooth decay is greatly increased. We recommend you incorporate a prescription-strength toothpaste into your daily oral hygiene routine. This prescription-strength toothpaste contains a higher level of fluoride, pH buffer (decreases acidity), xylitol and calcium phosphate. These four key ingredients help reduce the risk of developing tooth decay and may even remineralize and reverse the initial stages of tooth decay.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in food as well as in the water. In some areas, fluoride is added in the water source as a public health initiative to help prevent tooth decay. Water fluoridation is endorsed by the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed water fluoridation as one of the ten great public achievements of the 20th century.
Fluoride can help children prevent cavities and decay by hardening and strengthening the enamel on their teeth. For adults, fluoride can help harden the enamel on existing teeth. If you live in an area with fluoridated water, brushing your teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste should be sufficient in combating decay and cavities. However, if you do not have access to fluoridated water, additional treatment or fluoride supplements may be necessary.
Steps to minimize the risk of cavities
In summary, there are several steps to take in order to make the most of fluoride and minimize on the risk of cavities. This includes:
- Check to see whether your water supply is fluoridated so that you can determine whether additional fluoride treatment may be necessary
- Use toothpaste with a higher level of fluoride (i.e. prescription strength toothpaste) if you suffer from dry mouth and are prone to tooth decay/dental cavities
- Speak to your dentist about additional fluoride treatments such as fluoride varnish
By taking these steps, you could make a big impact on your dental health as you can help significantly reduce the risk of cavities and decay. To receive a personalized plan and recommendation tailored to your dental health needs, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment and speak with our dental experts.