At Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch, we recommend fluoride toothpaste for our patients. As a team passionate about general, family and cosmetic dentistry, your oral health is important to us.
Fluoride is an essential mineral that helps your teeth stay strong. It is found in some foods and water and makes toothpastes more effective at fighting cavities. Fluoride strengthens teeth and helps them become more resistant to bacterial acid. Our dental team may recommend a fluoride treatment in addition to your dental cleaning.
The fluoride used in office treatments comes in either a gel or foam, and may be available in several flavors. We apply it directly to your teeth through the use of a plastic dental tray that fits over your teeth. The tray is kept in your mouth for just a few minutes. Fluoride treatments are a simple and painless way to strengthen your teeth and maintain an attractive smile.
While many Hales Parker Dentistry patients understand the importance of fluoride treatments in fortifying developing teeth in children, some do not realize the importance of fluoride for adults. We may recommend fluoride treatments to adults who are more susceptible to enamel wear or decay.
Fluoride Supplements for Children
If you wonder if you or your child is getting enough fluoride, meet with our team about fluoride supplements. We will let you know if they are necessary and determine the precise supplement dosage. Don’t give your child fluoride supplements without your dentist’s advice. Too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis which discolors teeth and, ironically, can make teeth more susceptible to decay.
A factor that impacts the amount of fluoride your kids are receiving is where you get your drinking water. Your children may not need fluoride supplements if they drink tap water from a fluoridated municipal water supply. If your family only drinks bottled water without fluoride, you may want to consider supplementation. Keep in mind that the FDA does not require bottled water companies to list the fluoride content on the bottle label and many brands sold do not contain fluoride.
If your child is getting adequate levels of fluoride but continues to get cavities, speak with our team about dental sealants. They have proven to be very effective at protecting the rear molars from cavities.
Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch is a quality oriented dental practice. Our services include general and family dentistry, and a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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