While regular brushing, flossing, and dentist visits are essential, incorporating fluoride can significantly boost tooth protection. This mineral combats cavities and tooth decay by forming a barrier against plaque.
Types of Fluoride:
- Topical Fluoride: Directly applied to teeth, commonly found in toothpaste and mouthwashes.
- Systemic Fluoride: Mostly used by dentists, it’s stronger than regular fluoride products. It’s primarily used for children’s dental procedures. Some high-concentration versions are available at pharmacies, but consult your dentist before purchasing.
Receiving Fluoride Treatments:
A dentist-administered fluoride treatment takes minutes. Post-treatment, it’s advised to avoid rinsing, eating, or drinking for about 30 minutes. The frequency of treatments can vary: every three, six, or 12 months, based on your oral health and dentist’s advice. Some may also get prescribed fluoride products for home use.
Choosing the Right Fluoride Product:
For at-home fluoride products, look for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal. This ensures the product’s safety and efficacy have been vetted by the ADA.