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Fluoride is Your Best Defense Against Cavities

Are you doing everything you can to protect yourself against cavities?

While thorough brushing and flossing combined with good dietary habits can fend off significant tooth decay, incorporating fluoride into your daily routine gives you an added layer of protection.

In an age where 2.3 billion people around the world are affected by tooth decay, it is more important than ever to take every precaution to protect your teeth.

What is fluoride and why should I use it?

It’s a mineral found in soil and various foods like grapes, potatoes, black tea, coffee, and crab.

When the bacteria that live in your mouth break down sugar and carbs, they produce acids that attack the minerals in your tooth enamel in a process called demineralization. This leaves your teeth vulnerable to cavity-causing bacteria.

In addition to protecting your teeth from demineralization, fluoride can also:

  • Rebuild weakened tooth enamel
  • Reverse early signs of tooth decay (also known as dental caries)
  • Prevent the growth of harmful bacteria

How can I incorporate fluoride into my daily routine?

If you’re drinking city water, you’re likely consuming fluoride.

For many years, community water supplies have added it to public drinking water to fight the dental decay “epidemic.” It is closely monitored by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water. They make recommendations about how much fluoride should be in the water based on how much you receive from other sources.

If you don’t drink city water, you can get products with fluoride added. The best kinds to buy are those that can be sold without a prescription (for convenience), don’t have alcohol, come in a variety of strengths, and are mild-flavoured so everyone, regardless of age, will use it.

Speak to your dentist to see if they have recommendations on toothpaste or other products that will help. If they determine that you need higher levels of fluoride to help severely weakened teeth, they may recommend prescription-strength gels that can either be used as a rinse or in custom-fitted molds worn once or twice a day.

Are you looking for more ways to protect your teeth against decay and cavities?

If you are ready to commit to a healthier smile, talk to your dentist about the best way to proceed. It may be with prescription-strength fluoride or a custom treatment plan centred around your needs. If you’re looking for a dentist who can deliver results worth smiling over, make an appointment with Dr. Andrea Stevens.

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