Fluoride Protection for Your Teeth
Chances are you've at least heard the word fluoride by now. It's in most toothpaste and even added to some local water supplies, but what is fluoride? What does it do? Is it something you really need? Let's take a look.
Is Fluoride Safe?
In standard doses, fluoride is perfectly safe. At higher doses, it can be problematic. You risk toxicity developing, and it could stain your teeth. That’s why it’s essential to speak to our dentist about the correct fluoride treatment.
We’ll evaluate the situation in terms of your age, body weight, and individual issues, and then choose the perfect dose to keep you and your teeth healthy.
Are fluoride treatments safe? As long as you go to a properly qualified dentist, they are. It’s also pretty simple – our dentist will use a rinse, gel, varnish, or foam. This will be applied all over your teeth. Flouride treatments also work for those of you who have night guards.
You can then go about your day as normal—just don’t eat or drink anything for at least half an hour after the treatment.
Keeping Your Teeth White and Healthy
Fluoridation is an excellent way to help avoid teeth stains keep your teeth white and healthy. It can even help you avoid the need for deep cleanings and it's an excellent adjunct to your regular annual or bi-annual cleaning session. Once our dentist or dental hygienist has cleaned and descaled your teeth, they’re in a perfectly receptive state for fluoride treatment.
Our final thoughts on flouride
There has been some negative media attention when it comes to fluoride over the last few years. While we agree that it needs to be treated with care, it is safe when used within normal parameters, and offers serious benefits to your overall oral health. If you have further concerns about the safety of fluoride, or perhaps are not sure if it’s in our local water supply, give us a call. We’d be happy to answer all of your questions.