Fluoride: A Tooth Enamel Blacksmith

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Your tooth enamel is your pearly white dental armor, protecting the inner layers of your teeth from decay and infection. However strong it can be, bacteria can still break down its resistance. When your dental armor is damaged, fluoride can help. Fluoride is like a blacksmith for your tooth enamel. This wonderful mineral can repair your dental armor so it is better equipped against bacterial attacks.

There are two main forms of fluoride: systematic fluoride and topical fluoride. Systematic fluoride is that which can be swallowed. Many foods naturally include traces of fluoride. Some U.S. cities fluoridate their water in order to help their citizens have healthier teeth. You can even buy fluoride supplements at your local drugstore. Examples of topical fluorides are fluoride toothpaste, fluoride mouthwash and fluoride treatments at College Hill Dental Group.

If one of your family members’ dental armor is broken down, fluoride treatments can be a very powerful solution. It’s also rather convenient; we can do it at the end of a dental checkup and normally takes just a few minutes. You will be directed not to eat, drink or rinse your mouth for at least half an hour so the fluoride can do its work without interruption.

In healthy doses, fluoride can do amazing things for your smile. To obtain a fluoride treatment from Dr. Haslam and his competent staff, you can phone us in Corvallis, Oregon at 541-753-8365. Depending on your needs, we suggest you get one every 3, 6 or 12 months. We may also recommend other preventative measures, especially if your risk of tooth decay is particularly high, such as over the counter fluoride products. Call us today!