Our teeth are an incredibly important feature of our bodies. Without them, we would have great difficulty eating and speaking. So taking care of them is also incredibly important. Both the ADA and CDC maintain that the use of fluoride is a safe and effective way to strengthen teeth in children and adults.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral and makes tooth enamel more resistant to acid that causes tooth decay. It works both before and after teeth break through the gums, getting absorbed from food or by topical application. There are some simple ways you can get it every day.
One very effective way is by drinking it in fluoridated water. Communities have been adding fluoride to water supplies for decades, and is much like drinking fortified milk. Fluoride is also found naturally in almost all water sources. It has played a large role in reducing tooth decay over the last century. Studies have shown that populations with fluoridated water have significantly less tooth decay in children and adults than populations without. It is an amazing public health development.
Another thing you can do is add a quality fluoride toothpaste to your oral hygiene routine. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure it contains fluoride. Fluoride toothpaste is safe for children and contributes to healthy tooth development. You can start brushing your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as they erupt.
For more information about fluoride, or to make an appointment, call Dr. Oxford Lakes Dental Care at 248.628.2540 today. A strong, healthy smile is for everyone.