Using Fluoride to Protect Your Teeth
You brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly, and visit Mid-Columbia Dental every six months, but did you know that using fluoride — a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay — also helps keep your teeth healthy and strong?
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay by strengthening your teeth and preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the surface of your teeth.Types of Fluoride
Fluoride comes in two varieties, systemic and topical:
- Systemic fluoride is ingested, usually through a public water supply. While teeth are forming under the gums, the fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, making it stronger and more resistant to cavities.
- Topical fluoride can also be applied to help prevent caries (cavities) on teeth present in the mouth. It is delivered through toothpaste, mouthwash, and professional fluoride applications.
Receiving a Fluoride Treatment at Mid-Columbia Dental
A fluoride treatment at our Kennewick dental office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, you may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or Dr. McNamara’s recommendation, it may be best for you to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months. He or your hygienist may also prescribe an at-home fluoride product such as a mouthwash, gel, or antibacterial rinse.
How to Choose the Right Fluoride Treatment
When choosing your own at-home fluoride product (such as toothpaste or mouthwash), ask a member of our Kennewick dental team and always check for the American Dental Association's (ADA) seal of approval. Products marked with the ADA seal have been carefully examined by the ADA, and approved based on safety and effectiveness.
Take care of your teeth and smile bright with dental fluoride treatments at Mid-Columbia Dental!