That’s a good question and one many people ask. We often encourage you to brush and floss in order to ensure you keep your mouth and gums clean and healthy. But fluoride also plays a vital role in that care.
Fluoride products have been proven effective in preventing decay and “decalcification”, the early loss of tooth enamel which is one of the causes of cavity formation in the decay process. Toothpastes containing fluoride are important in reducing these conditions. Professionally applied fluoride gels or varnishes are sometimes recommended to prevent and treat decalcification. You may also use over-the-counter fluoride mouthwashes daily.
Orthodontic patients have to be extra careful since their braces can cause them to have higher counts of decay producing bacteria. So a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash are essential to their care regime. In fact, fluoride releasing orthodontic brackets are currently being researched and may be available in the future.
Fluoride is important to your dental health and care. Fluoride protects your teeth’s enamel and helps defeat decay. Make sure it is a part of your daily dental care.
If you have any questions about fluoride or fluoride containing products, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’d be very happy to discuss them with you.