Fluoride & Your Teeth

Fluoride Toothpaste.Our goal at Dr. Jacob Myers to help set children on the path to a lifetime of healthy smiles. We offer efficient and advanced dental treatments, including dental fillings, sealants, and more. However, sometimes the most helpful treatment for a child’s teeth is as simple as adding fluoride to their dental hygiene practice. As your DeWitt and East Lansing dentistry providers, we’d like to explain more about the helpfulness of fluoride.

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that’s found naturally in rocks, soil, water, plants, and air. When applied to your teeth, it will incorporate into your tooth enamel. This will make your teeth stronger and more resistant to decay. It even has the ability to reverse tiny cavities that have already started to form. Fluoride is an effective form of cavity prevention, especially when paired with the other methods to prevent cavities. By helping you resist tooth decay, fluoride gives you a better chance of keeping your natural teeth for your entire lifetime.

Benefits of Fluoride

  • Helps prevent tooth decay
  • Prevents oral bacteria from growing
  • Strengthens tooth enamel

Where Can I Get Fluoride?

Fluoride is found in nature, and is often used in over-the-counter products. Adding fluoride to your dental health routine is an effective and inexpensive way to prevent tooth decay and boost your oral health. If your teeth show you are lacking the proper amount of fluoride, your East Lansing and DeWitt pediatric dentist will be able to add that to the patient's treatment.

Here are some common ways to incorporate fluoride into your routine:

  • Drink municipal water (tap water)
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Gargle with fluoride mouthwash
  • Take fluoride supplements
  • Ask your dentist about fluoride application to the teeth

How Much Fluoride Do I Need?

There’s really no definitive answer to this question; the amount of fluoride that each individual will need depends on a variety of factors. If you brush and floss daily and eat healthy foods that aren’t too sugary or acidic, you likely won’t need as much fluoride. If you don’t regularly clean your teeth or if you consume acidic drinks or sugary foods, you may benefit from a fluoride mouth rinse or one of our fluoride treatments that we offer in our office.

Factors that Influence Your Need for Flouride:

  • Biochemistry
  • Diet
  • Oral hygiene routine
  • Regular exposure to fluoride

Can I Have Too Much Fluoride?

Yes, there is such a thing as too much fluoride, especially for children. If a child’s developing teeth absorb too much fluoride, they could become permanently stained or pitted. This is a condition often referred to as enamel fluorosis. While it’s not dangerous, it can require cosmetic dental treatments to make the teeth look natural again.

This condition can also affect adults that take in too much fluoride throughout their lifetime, causing their teeth to become more prone to bone fractures or tenderness. This is also known as skeletal fluorosis. Because of this, it’s always best to consult with your doctor about what fluoride products you and your child should be using.

Contact Your East Lansing and DeWitt Pediatric Dentist Today!

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. If you’re in search of East Lansing and DeWitt kids dentistry, we encourage you to give us a call at (517) 337-0032 or email us at [email protected]. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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