Why your dentist recommends fluoride

If you’ve been to the dentist recently, you’ve probably heard about fluoride. This mineral is naturally occurring in many foods and in drinking water. You may also be aware that fluoride is a treatment that can be requested by a patient to their dentist. Learn more about why fluoride treatments are often used in protecting the smile.

Why is fluoride important?

Fluoride is a mineral that can naturally strengthen tooth enamel. At the same time, it protects against cavities and makes the smile more resistant to periodontal disease. In addition to having fluoride applications done at the dental office, patients can purchase toothpaste that also has fluoride incorporated. Some patients may also ask their dentist about mouthwashes with fluoride that can  be purchased at the pharmacy with a prescription.

Is fluoride safe?

Many patients are very aware of what they put in and on their bodies. Individuals who are very health-conscious may be worried about applying certain materials and using harmful products in the smile. Fluoride, when used as directed, has no health risks. However, if toot much fluoride is applied in children under the age of six, it can cause overexposure and harm to the teeth, leaving behind discoloration known as fluorosis. This staining can sometimes be addressed with professional whitening products or covered with composite resin bonding or veneers. Avoidance and prevention are key to reducing these risks, and we strongly encourage patients to be mindful of the amount of fluoride they are being exposed to.

Who can request fluoride treatments at the dental office?

Sometimes, our dental team may recommend a fluoride treatment for a patient, especially if they are at a higher risk of developing decay or disease. Other times, our patients request the treatment to offer an extra layer of protection and defense against common dental problems. Our team may provide a prescription for an oral mouthwash as well.

Request an appointment with Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano of Pittsford, NY

Discuss the possibility of having fluoride treatments performed to protect the smile from decay. Call the office at (585) 248-2383 and visit our practice for your oral health care needs.

Posted in: Dental Care, Family Dentistry

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