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Your Dentist Explains What You Should Know About Fluoride

March 4th, 2021

Fluoride is an important part of dental care. Your toothpaste and mouthwash might contain fluoride, and your dentist may apply it to your teeth when you go in for your regular cleanings and checkups. But what exactly is fluoride, and how can it help you to have a healthy, strong smile? Your dentist in Harris County is here to tell you what you need to know about this mineral.

A Natural Mineral

Fluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs throughout the earth’s crust, and it is found in many places in nature. It is good for teeth in two important ways:

  • When children are growing, fluoride helps to strengthen their bones. It hardens the enamel of both primary and permanent teeth before they make their way to the surface.
  • Fluoride helps to harden adult teeth that have already emerged. It, along with other minerals, does this through a process known as mineralization. It replaces minerals in the enamel that get lost through everyday wear and tear.

Benefitting from Fluoride

How can you harness the power of fluoride to give your pearly whites a boost? One of the simplest ways is by drinking more water. Many municipalities put fluoride in their water supplies.

However, not all cities have fluoride in their water supply. You may be able to ask your local cities officials or get the information you want on a government website. About two-thirds of the U.S. population has fluoride in its drinking water.

Other ways to benefit from fluoride include:

  • Brush your teeth. Most toothpastes contain fluoride.
  • Use a mouth rinse that contains fluoride.
  • Visit your family dentist in Harris County at least twice a year. In addition to using a fluoride gel on your teeth, your dental care provider may prescribe special fluoride supplements if you seem to be lacking this mineral.

What About the People Who Say Fluoride Is Bad for You?

There will always be some people who say that fluoride in municipal water supplies isn’t a good thing. They claim it is a form of forced mass medication and that ingesting fluoride does little for a person’s health.

However, it is important to take a realistic view of the matter. The Centers for Disease Control, the American Medical Association, and the American Dental Association all support the use of fluoride in public water supplies. The level of fluoride is kept at safe levels, and it plays an important role in preventing cavities in children. Furthermore, people who do not wish to drink fluoride are free to get their water from other sources.

Studies that may seem to conclude fluoride is unhealthy usually focus on areas where there is a very high level of fluoride in the water.
Fluoride is great for your teeth! To keep your enamel strong, let this mineral work its magic in your mouth.

About the Author

Dr. Alan Arrington and Dr. Rowland at Hamilton Family Dentistry are proud to serve the Hamilton community. Dr. Arrington has an extensive education that equips him to provide preventive dentistry and a range of other services. If you have questions about how to take the best possible care of your teeth, reach out to our office at 706-628-0011.

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FAQ

  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.
  • How often should I visit your office?
    image description
    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?
    image description
    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
    image description
    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
    image description
    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
    image description
    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description
    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
    image description
    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.