Importance of Fluoride
- Fluoride is a mineral that is found in natural water sources. According to the American Dental Association, when used as directed, fluoride is a safe and effective agent that can prevent and control cavities.
- Fluoride restores minerals to the calcium structure in the enamel of teeth. The re-mineralization effect of fluoride can both reverse the early decay process as well as create a tooth surface that is more resistant to decay. In other words, fluoride can help prevent cavities and slow down the progression of cavities.
- It is recommended by the ADA to get a fluoride treatment by your dentist at least 2 times a year, typically at each 6-month cleaning appointment, for optimal benefit.
- The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends the clinical application of fluoride varnish to the primary teeth of all infants and children starting at the age of primary tooth eruption.
- According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no published evidence to indicate that professionally applied fluoride varnish is a risk factor for dental fluorosis.
- Fluoride is safe and used by dentists all over the world. Only a small amount is in your toothpaste at home and in the fluoride varnish that is applied by your dentist. Fluoride toothpaste and fluoride varnish treatment are highly recommended to help prevent cavities.
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