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Framingham Dentist Shares Facts on Fluoride

Posted by Janice Spada, D.M.D. on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 @ 10:47 AM

fluoride facts imageFacts On Fluoride

Maintaining a healthy mouth involves various routine or habitual practices. The most common among preventive dental care connoisseurs is at-home upkeep.

Brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash all constitute as positive effort towards reducing the chance of disease, infection, or damage to the oral cavity.

However, fluoride treatment remains a vital piece to the puzzle that is your oral health.

Dr. Spada shares some knowledge regarding fluoride treatment to create awareness among patients and to encourage proper and effective use.

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a derivative of the element fluorine, and it can be administered in two different ways: 1. ingested orally (systemic fluoride treatment), and 2. applied topically.

The use of fluoride promotes the remineralization of teeth enamel and it helps resist the occurrence of tooth decay. In most cases, the beginning stage of demineralization caused by plaque is reversed with the use of fluoride treatments.

Is Fluoride Treatments Safe?

Fluoride has been and continues to be constantly researched and monitored for its use and effects to those that use it. Currently, after many years of accumulated data, the use of fluoride is deemed safe in proper doses.

In a large majority of cities and communities, fluoride is added by concentration to the public water system as an attempt to help with oral health through systemic fluoride treatment. To determine if your tap water includes fluoride, call your community water district for more information.

Is Fluoride Used In Oral Health Products?

Yes, the following list shows some of the popular places you can find fluoride as an ingredient in oral health products:

  • Fluoride tablets
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouth rinse
  • Topical (fluoride varnish/treatment)

If you examine the ingredient label of any oral health product at your local store or pharmacy, fluoride may be listed.

About Dr. Spada

If you are considering the use of fluoride treatment to enhance your smile and resist tooth decay, consider contacting Dr. Spada for more information. Schedule a consultation today with your Framingham Cosmetic Dentist. 

Topics: Preventive Care, Framingham Dentist, Fluoride Treatments

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