Patients are now able to enjoy healthy and beautiful smiles for a lifetime thanks to innovations in modern dentistry. Patients achieve and maintain strong, healthy teeth with the help of fluoridated substances. Dr. Zaibak and team from our Tinley Park dentist office have compiled some information about how to keep the teeth healthy and shiny by using fluoride!
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural element that is found in many organic substances including soil, water, and rocks. Fluoride can actually help remineralize teeth, specifically a patient’s dental enamel.
Dental enamel is the strong, hard, and white outside layer of the tooth. Fluoride naturally mineralizes dental enamel before it becomes damaged due to acid erosion which occurs during the day.
What kinds of fluoridated substances are available for use?
Many different fluoridated substances are readily available for patients to help keep dental enamel strong. Below are some commonly used fluoridated dental products. Contact the Dentist with any questions about which substance may be right for you.
1. Fluoridated toothpaste should be part of the dental routine of most adult patients. Brushing with a fluoride enriched toothpaste every morning and night boosts the mouth’s remineralization power.
2. Fluoridated mouthwashes are a great product that can also be used in the morning and at night. It’s also a good idea to rinse the mouth periodically throughout the day. Many over the counter mouthwashes have adequate levels of fluoride, however the dentist may prescribe a mouthwash that will better meet the needs of a patient’s particular mouth.
3. Tap water is already fluoridated in the United States. Drinking tap water, rather than non-fluoridated bottled water, can strengthen the teeth.
Daily diet, dental hygiene routines, and water consumption usually provide adequate amounts of fluoride for most adult patients. For patients who happen to be fluoride deficient, the dentist will help formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Give our Tinley Park dentist office a call to learn more about oral health!
The Uses of Fluoridated Substances in Dentistry