“Why Does My Dentist Recommend Fluoride?”

Dr. James Fondriest and our staff recommend that our patients use fluoride in their daily health regimens. Fluoride is found in many types of toothpaste and provides numerous benefits to dental health.

What is Fluoride?

A mineral on the periodic table, fluoride naturally occurs in food and water.  For example, underground water sources often naturally contain levels of fluoride minerals.

How Does Fluoride Help Me?

When you add fluoride to your oral care regimen, it strengthens your tooth enamel. Fluoride is especially beneficial for children. Young patients are often given fluoride treatments to help foster a healthy environment for tooth development and guard against decay and cavities.  It is essential that you protect your tooth enamel because once your enamel is lost or eroded, you can’t replace it. Tooth enamel is not a living tissue like the other parts of your teeth.

What Are Other Fluoride Treatments?

If you’re in need of extra fluoride, your dentist can provide fluoride treatments in the form of foams, gels, and varnishes. These treatments can help stop your teeth from decaying further and restore some of your enamel’s strength. Dentists can also prescribe fluoride treatments such as mouth rinses to be used at home.

How Do I Know if I Need Extra Fluoride?

The only way to determine if you need more fluoride is from a thorough dental examination. Dr. Fondriest can determine and assess if you could benefit from fluoride treatments. In addition to a dental examination, the best protection against tooth decay and cavities is a regular oral hygiene regimen and routine dental cleanings. If you’re concerned about your dental health, contact our Chicago dentist office at (847) 234-0517 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in North Shore, Glenview, Highland Park, Winnetka, and the surrounding Chicago communities.

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