This post from Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Owensboro focuses on fluoride: what is it, and why it’s so beneficial to your dental health.
The Miracle Mineral
Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. It is contained in different foods as well as in water. Many towns adjust the fluoride content of their municipal water supply. Fluoride is also added to dental products. This makes it possible for you to apply fluoride to your teeth when you brush, or use mouth rinses.
And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it will help to prevent cavities, of course! Fluoride does this by giving the teeth greater resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria as well as sugar in the mouth.
Essential for Young Teeth
Fluoride is especially important for little ones. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in, therefore fluoride exposure is extremely useful for setting a foundation for lifelong oral health.
But, stay tuned, adults: the enamel-strengthening benefits of topical fluoride are available to you as well! In addition to the oral care products mentioned above, adults can get a boost of this miracle mineral during routine dental cleanings.
We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day. A steady routine is best, and we think morning and at night, just before bed, is best – but whatever works for you. Don’t forget to floss your teeth, too.
At Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Owensboro, the dental health of our patients is out top priority. So make sure you get your dose of fluoride, brush and floss, and see us twice a year for a checkup. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.