You might not be getting enough Fluoride!
Are you one of those people who can't leave the house without your bottle of water? And is that the only kind of water you drink? Then you need to know that most bottled waters lack fluoride, which is commonly found in public water. Also, the myth that “only children need fluoride” has been busted. Recent studies have shown there is a direct correlation between the rise in bottled water consumption and dental decay. In fact, we've personally seen a significant increase in decay in many of my patients. We firmly believe that this is due to our reliance on bottled water as well as the huge increase in our consumption of sports drinks (many of which have significant amounts of sugar).
So what can be done to help this situation? Obviously, the first thing you can do is have your family drink more “tap” water. But there are also situations where a fluoride supplement can help. This can be an in office fluoride treatment or a home fluoride regimen. Fluoride prevents cavities and strengthens tooth enamel by fighting bacteria in children and adults! It also helps reduce cold and sweet sensitivity and it can help prevent dark stains around metal braces. Fluoride can potentially help you if you have any of the following:
- If you have a recent history of dental treatment due to decay.
- If you wear metal braces, or have many crowns or fillings.
- If you have multiple exposed root surfaces.
- If you have dry mouth or take medications (like blood pressure medicine) that cause this.
Dr. Gilreath provides both take home and in-office fluoride treatment. In-office treatment consists of applying a varnish, foam or gel into a mouth guard which you only have to wear for a few minutes. Our take home treatment consists of custom trays designed to deliver the proper amount of fluoride you need using recommended toothpaste or a prescribed fluoride gel. In some cases, dietary vitamins may also be advised.
The cavity risk and dietary intake of fluoride for each person is different. With this in mind, it is best to consult with your dental practitioner to determine your individual fluoride needs.
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Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,