Fluoride is a natural mineral that actually enables your tooth enamel to rebuild itself, fortifying your teeth from tooth decay. This is why we recommend you expose your teeth to some form of fluoride each day. Here are some common sources to consider:
– Fluoride toothpaste: You’ll want to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste with the American Dental Association seal of approval on the package.
– Fluoride mouthwash: Rinse your mouth once a day with ADA approved mouthwash that contains fluoride.
– Water: If you are in one of the many cities in the U.S. where fluoride is added to tap water, make sure that you give your teeth the opportunity to be exposed to it. Some kinds of mineralized bottled water also add fluoride.
-Some foods: Some kinds of foods naturally contain fluoride, including carrots, pickles, spinach and tomatoes. Dr. Jerry Butler may be able to give you a more expansive list.
– Fluoride treatment: When you come into our office for your six-month checkup, you may be asked if you want a fluoride treatment as well. This will generally come in the form of a foam, gel or varnish and it will strengthen and nourish your teeth.
If you take advantage of these fluoride sources, there is a good chance you’ll have a strong smile that can fight many dental issues. For more information or to set up a checkup with a fluoride treatment, you can always call Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D in Boone, North Carolina at (828) 264-5858 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you!