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Dental Care Tip of the Season: Why Fluoride is Essential for Your Oral Health

When it comes to oral health, fluoride is always mentioned; but what is fluoride, and why is it essential for our oral health? Fluoride is a mineral that can help prevent tooth decay and strengthen your teeth. Daniel W. Fridh, DDS, is here to lay out the benefits of fluoride! Luckily, it is easy to come by and incorporate into your dental routine.

The natural mineral fluoride helps prevent tooth decay.

Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay. So where can you get it? 

In the United States, fluoride is added to most municipal water supplies at levels recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). The USPHS recommends 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water–but not everywhere has this amount of fluoride added to the tap! Dr. Fridh recommends rinsing your mouth with fluoridated water to ensure your teeth receive all the benefits fluoride offers.

Luckily, tap water is one of many places you can find fluoride. Many kinds of toothpaste contain fluoride– and some mouthwashes do too!

Fluoride is the active ingredient in toothpaste, mouthwash, & other dental products.

Fluoride strengthens your teeth by making them more resistant to acid attacks from bacteria that cause plaque buildup on your teeth. When you use fluoride regularly, your risk of developing cavities decreases significantly!

Using fluoride when you’re young helps prevent cavities before they start.

When you’re young, fluoride helps prevent cavities before they start by strengthening enamel– the hard outer layer of your teeth.

When you’re older, fluoride can help prevent tooth decay by reducing plaque buildup on your teeth and making them less susceptible to bacterial acids that eat away at them from the inside out. The best part? Fluoride treatments are safe and effective!

Reach out to Daniel W. Fridh, DDS, Today!

If you’re looking for a way to improve your oral health, consider using fluoride products. Fluoride is essential to keeping your teeth strong and free from decay. Still, it’s also important to remember that everyone needs different levels of care depending on their needs. If you have any questions about how best to care for your teeth, don’t hesitate to contact us today!