Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in water and some foods. Fluoride is sometimes referred to as nature’s cavity fighter, as this mineral can strengthen tooth enamel, thus helping to protect teeth against acid attacks that cause cavities. In addition, fluoride strengthens developing teeth.
Because fluoride is good for the teeth, this mineral has been added to many oral products and is used in most dental offices.
Many toothpastes and mouthwashes contain fluoride to give your teeth an extra boost. To ensure that your toothpaste or mouthwash contains fluoride, choose dental products that have the ADA seal of acceptance.
Dental fluoride treatments are applied directly to the teeth by a dental professional. Fluoride treatments can be applied in different forms: gel, foam, or varnish. Fluoride in this form is of a higher strength than fluoride found in dental products.
If you or your child is at a high risk of cavities or if you or your child do not receive enough fluoride in your water, Dr. J. Kenneth Carver may recommend fluoride supplements, which are taken orally.
We invite you to contact Kingsport Dentistry at 423-247-5175 today to learn more about dental fluoride and to schedule your next visit with our dentist in Kingsport, Tennessee.