When it comes to your oral health, you may have questions, and you should! At Family Dentistry of Royal Oak, we welcome your questions and today we are going to discuss a topic we often hear questions about - fluoride. Here are the top 3 questions we hear about fluoride, if yours aren't answered here, we encourage you to call us.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to strengthen developing teeth and remineralize teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay. Many cities across the U.S. have fluoridated their water to help defend against cavities. You can also get fluoride through brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth with fluoridated products.
Is Fluoride Safe?
Using small amounts of fluoride to protect and strengthen teeth is safe and recommended by the The American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, The United States Public Health Service, the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization.
Should Adults Have Fluoride Treatments?
Adults who suffer from conditions such as dry mouth can be more prone to developing tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride is beneficial in giving cavity prone patients an extra level of protection. You can have a professional fluoride treatment during your routine cleaning and checkup. It's as simple as applying a varnish to your teeth after your cleaning, which you will wear for 30 minute before eating or drinking. You can also get a fluoride gel to use at home with a prescription that Dr. Chalasani provides for you.
Flouride Treatments in Royal Oak, MI
Let us know if you have additional questions about fluoride or other dental issues. Dr. Chalasani is happy to discuss fluoride treatments with you at your next six-month checkup. Give us a call today to schedule!