Every day you brush once in the morning and again at night. You floss once daily and keep up with routine dentist visit. But do you also use a fluoride rinse? Doing so provides added protection against tooth decay and cavities.
Fluoride helps keep tooth enamel strong and healthy. As a result, this natural mineral is highly effective at preventing tooth damage by coating the surface and not allowing plaque to build up and harden.
There are many ways to reap the benefits of fluoride. The mineral is available in two varieties; systemic and topical.
Systemic fluoride is ingested by mouth, usually in supplement form or through a community water supply. For young children, systemic fluoride helps strengthen developing teeth beneath the gums. It also makes growing teeth more resistant to decay.
Topical fluoride is applied by hand to the surfaces of erupted teeth help ward off cavities. In this form, the mineral is delivered through professional fluoride treatments, toothpaste, and mouth rinses.
A fluoride treatment at 21st Street Dental Group takes mere minutes to complete. After the application is complete, the mineral is not rinsed away. Patients are instructed not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the fluoride to penetrate the enamel. Depending on your dental health or your dentist’s recommendation, you may need to have a fluoride treatment in scheduled intervals. In addition, your dentist in Colorado Springs may prescribe a fluoride product to use at homes such as a mouth rinse, varnish, gel, or antibacterial wash.
When shopping for a fluoride product over the counter, the selection can be overwhelming. One way thing you should always look for is the ADA seal of approval. Look for this mark on all fluoridated toothpaste, mouthwashes, and other oral health items. The ADA seal shows that the product has been examined carefully by the American Dental Association and has passed their approval standards for effectiveness and safety.
To be sure you are getting a high-quality product, take care of your teeth with professional fluoride treatments at 21st Street Dental Group.