Fluoride is nicknamed “nature’s cavity fighter” for a reason. This naturally occurring compound substantially reduces the chance of developing cavities. It is critical that you consume just enough fluoride for your dental health needs without overdoing it. Here are five easy ways to add fluoride into your daily routine to ensure you are getting the right amount.
Drink Water From the Tap
Fluoride added to public water supplies is a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay. In fact, fluoride found in drinking water has improved the public’s dental health for more than 70 years. The best available scientific evidence consistently has indicated that community water fluoridation is safe and effective. The fluoridation of community water supplies is simply the adjustment of the existing, naturally occurring fluoride in drinking water to an optimal level for tooth decay prevention.
Fluoride in public water is the most efficient way to prevent one of the most common childhood diseases – tooth decay. One study has shown that children who live in communities without fluoridation are three times more likely to end up in the hospital to undergo dental surgery.
Brush With Fluoride Toothpaste
While some toothpaste brands are available without fluoride, it’s always recommended to reach for one that has it. Children under the age of two are the only ones who should be incorporating a fluoride-free toothpaste to their oral routines. Additionally, kids under the age of six only need a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and should always be supervised while brushing to ensure they are not swallowing any.
Swish With Fluoride Mouthwash
Many mouthwash products contain fluoride to help rinse away sugars and left-behind food particles. Additionally, fluoride mouthwash helps to restore tooth enamel and re-harden soft spots on your teeth. Before purchasing, always read the mouthwash label to ensure the product you’ve selected contains fluoride for maximum benefits.
Request a Fluoride Treatment At Your Next Dental Appointment
Speak with your dental professional regarding your cavity risk during your next exam to determine if your smile could benefit from professional fluoride treatments. This treatment can be performed in a few different ways. A fluoride coating is brushed into the surface of your teeth, or fluoride foam trays will be worn for a few minutes during your appointment. These topical treatments can provide extra protection against cavities for a few months following treatment.
Incorporate Fluoride Supplements
Children and toddlers who still have their baby teeth can benefit from taking a fluoride supplement. Chewing these tabs are a great way to ingest a safe amount of fluoride while helping permanent teeth to grow stronger before they erupt through the gums.
Limiting Fluoride Intake
If you’re concerned about getting too much fluoride, or if your teeth are susceptible to fluorosis, you may recommend limiting your fluoride intake. This can be easily done by:
Installing a reverse osmosis water filter. This system is an affordable way to continuously remove fluoride, led, copper, and pesticides from your drinking water. The filter can be installed either under a sink, onto a faucet, or on a dedicated water line.
Drink bottled or distilled water. Distilled water is a great option that essentially recaptures steam. A countertop distilling machine can also help to treat tap water. Be aware, not all bottled or distilled water is fluoride-free, so check your labels before purchasing.
Don’t stop brushing. Never attempt to limit your fluoride intake by not brushing your teeth with toothpaste. Daily brushing and flossing are the number one way to maintain a healthy smile and prevent cavities.
Whether you’re looking for ways to protect against cavities or worry about health problems and intellectual development issues associated with fluoride, let Hinsdale Dentistry know at your next exam. We can recommend safe and healthy ways to ensure you and your family is receiving the recommended amount of fluoride for your smile.