What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in water and in many foods. Most communities also add fluoride to their water supplies because of the mineral’s oral health benefits. Studies have shown that fluoride is effective in strengthening teeth and preventing tooth decay.

Is fluoride good for my teeth?

Yes, fluoride helps to protect your teeth from decay. As you eat and drink throughout the day, your tooth enamel is constantly attacked by acids, sugars, and bacteria. This results in a process called demineralization; if too much demineralization occurs, it may lead to tooth decay. Fluoride and other minerals help to remineralize the tooth enamel, preventing tooth decay. It is important to receive a sufficient amount of fluoride both while the teeth are developing and after they have fully formed to keep them strong and healthy.

Dr. Scott Lindsay recommends that you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Based on your individual needs, we may also recommend other oral care products that contain fluoride, like mouth rinse. When you visit Peak Dental Care for your routine cleanings and exams, we typically provide a professional fluoride treatment to prevent decay and keep your smile healthy. We want to help you maintain good dental health and prevent any conditions that may cause pain and damage in the future. For more information about fluoride in Centennial, Colorado, we welcome you to contact our dentist today.