Dr. Brown Uses The “F” Word – Fluoride That Is
We love when patients ask us questions about how to improve their family’s oral health. One question we are frequently asked is about fluoride. You’ve probably heard the term used many times in conjunction with a discussion about teeth and oral health, but do you know what fluoride is and why it is used? Fluoride is a mineral that is found in many water sources such as lakes, rivers, and surprisingly enough, the ocean. We know that many patients are concerned about the appropriate levels of fluoride and the best way to use it. This month, Dr. Brown focuses on all this and more in his vlog, “Dr. Brown Speaks the Tooth.” Click here to watch the video and learn more about ways to use fluoride to benefit your oral health.
Why Do We Need Fluoride?
Dr. Brown mentions the number of questions he receives regarding fluoride and explains how excited he is to see patients thinking about the state of their oral and overall health. Fluoride is an excellent tool that helps strengthen the enamel, or outer covering of the teeth. It helps prevent cavities in adults and children alike. Being proactive by using fluoride helps limit tooth decay, therefore decreasing the need for dental treatments. Many patients are misinformed and concerned that their family, especially their children, are consuming too much fluoride. You will be happy to know that very large amounts must be consumed before it becomes harmful. Pediatric dentists recommend using a rice-sized amount of toothpaste with fluoride.
What Are the Best Ways to Use Fluoride?
As Dr. Brown explains, fluoride is typically found in two everyday items — toothpaste and water. Typically the fluoride in tap water is regulated so that the levels remain consistently appropriate. It is safe for anyone to drink, even if you prefer another option. In fact, Dr. Brown shares that he gives tap water to his son to assist with his fluoride use. Toothpaste with fluoride optimizes proper brushing and truly plays an important role in keeping decay to a minimum and limiting the development of cavities. Of course, this also is determined by the foods you eat and how well you take care of your teeth.
If you have any additional questions about fluoride, be sure to contact our office located in West Chester, OH. We look forward to seeing you during your next visit.