Your Waltham MA family dentist recommends ensuring that your children are getting enough exposure to fluoride. Did you know that fluoride can help prevent cavities? Fluoride is extremely beneficial to the teeth. It can even help to strengthen tooth enamel.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in water and many foods. The outer layer of your teeth, known as enamel, continuously undergoes acid attacks which can eventually result in cavities. Fluoride helps to restore some of the lost enamel.
Who does fluoride benefit?
Fluoride is beneficial to both children and adults; however, it is more critical for those ages 6 months to 16 years to have an increase fluoride intake. This is because this is the time period through which the permanent and primary teeth will come in.
It can also be extremely beneficial to those who suffer from certain conditions. If you suffer from any of the following, you may want to ask your Waltham MA family dentist about fluoride treatments:
History of Frequent Cavities
Presence of Crowns, Bridges, and/or Braces
How else can you consume fluoride aside from water and food?
Fluoride comes in many different forms. You can schedule an appointment to have your Waltham dentist apply in the form of a gel, foam, or varnish. You can even ask your doctor about writing you a prescription for fluoride in the form of a pill.
You can also increase fluoride intake by using toothpastes and mouth rinses that contain the mineral. However, often these only have a minimal amount.
To learn more about the benefits of fluoride and how it can help protect your teeth, contact your Waltham dentist. Call (781) 894-4114 to schedule an appointmenttoday for your in-office fluoride treatment.