Fluoride is a Science, Use it Wisely!

I love the day-to-day of being a dentist at Modern Dental in Boise, but I also love the nitty-gritty science of dentistry. I learn more on this science frequently so that I can pass on that knowledge to all of my patients. Because that means stronger, healthier, whiter teeth for everyone!

Fluoride is a Must in Your Oral Care Routine

From our previous blog about fluoride, you can see that it plays a huge role in protecting your tooth structure after being exposed to acid. It remineralizes and strengthens your teeth against further wear and stains, not to mention cavities!

While this is still a theory, we’ve seen some clinical proof of it that is quite compelling.

Individuals with sensitive teeth who have received fluoride treatments have seen huge improvements in sensitivity and strength.

Others who are very cavity-prone get less cavities after regular fluoride treatments.

This is why I believe fluoride is a key addition to your oral care routine.

sources of fluoride

Where can I find Fluoride?

So now that I’ve convinced you that fluoride will help you with tooth loss, cavities, and sensitivity – I’m sure you are wondering HOW to get more fluoride into your life.

1. Toothpaste

fluoridex toothpasteI have been very impressed with the technology that delivers fluoride in toothpaste. This is probably the #1 way to add fluoride to your oral care routine.

Before now, they had fluoride in there but it was bio-unavailable, which basically means the teeth can’t access it as easily. Now their delivery method, so to speak, is effective and efficient.

If you need more than the usual amounts, Modern Dental has Fluoridex toothpaste, a prescription strength option that is 5x stronger than other brands.

If you are interested in using this, come in and talk to us. We’ll see what your oral health is like and find the option best for you.

2. Tap Water

Fluoridated tap water is found in most areas of the United States. Water fluoridation is a controversial topic with a lot said by both sides, so I’m not going to go into great detail.

My personal experience and all of the peer-reviewed studies I’ve looked into has lead me to conclude that fluoride is great for your teeth and overall health, IF done in moderation. (Even very high doses of water can be dangerous.)

You will need to check your particular water system, but much of Ada county does NOT fluoridate the water. This is why it’s important to get the right levels from other sources.

In the image above, it mentions washing and cooking your food with tap water. This can be another source of fluoride but it is very minimal. Using the products that I mention is a much better way to insure good fluoride amounts.

3. Mouthwash

 listerine fluoride defense mouthwash

After you have acidic foods, swish with a fluoride-rich mouthwash. As I explained in an earlier blog, this is a great time to get the fluoride to really bond with your teeth on a cellular level.

Most are alcohol-based because alcohol is a proven bacteria-killer, which is the chief purpose of mouthwashes. Getting one with fluoride specifically is one way that you can increase your exposure to this beneficial element.

If you have dry mouth, then you’ll want to find another solution from this list. I can help you explore your options.

4. Fluoride Supplements

These are especially common with children. You can talk to me or their doctor about fluoride supplements if you think they have very low levels, but this isn’t usually the case, nor is it necessary for most.

5. Fluoride Treatment

The image earlier in the blog that shows different sources of fluoride is missing an important one. Not only is it another good place to get fluoride, but you get it right here every 6 months!

The fluoride treatment that we offer here at Modern Dental has recently changed. For many years, we used the usual foam fluoride to coat your teeth after a cleaning. Unfortunately, this shaving gel-like consistency, would only partly soak into the teeth.

NOW, we have a fluoride treatment that has the consistency of a resin. It’s somewhat sticky, so it stays on your teeth in an active form much longer than the previous type. I’m very impressed with the results.

So here are some great ways to add fluoride to your oral care routine. If you have questions about what fluoride could do to improve your smile, talk to me, or my team of dental professionals at the practice, today!

~Dr. Wagner