Fluoride, â€œnatureâ€™s cavity fighterâ€ is actually a mineral and is found in its natural state in various water sources including rivers, oceans, and streams. And since the 1950â€™s US municipal drinking water supplies have been treated with fluoride so that every family can benefit from its protective qualities just by turning on their tap.
Over the counter, fluoridated toothpaste and mouth rinses are another good source of protection from tooth decay. They come in a variety of formulas, some stronger than others. Ask your dentist or hygienist for recommendations based on your particular needs.
Even though most of us are exposed to a beneficial amount of fluoride from water and dental care products some people are significantly more susceptible to tooth decay. It may be a matter of genetics, a diet poor in the nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel or a lack of professional care but whatever the reason there are additional ways for these people to get the extra protection that they need.
A dental sealant is more commonly thought of as a cavity preventive for children but a sealant is also beneficial for adults who are prone to infection. The same holds true for an in-office fluoride treatment. Your dentist may also recommend a prescription strength toothpaste or gel.
Talk to Dr. Ghai of Crescent Dental about extra protective methods to reduce your vulnerability. Call Crescent today @ 919-323-4043 in Cary, NC.