Why Is a Fluoride Toothpaste Important?
- Posted on: Nov 30 2019
At NW Heights Dental, our team of professionals, including Dr. Keri Smith , are dedicated to ensuring patients have access to solutions to improve and maintain oral health. This includes educating patients on good dental health habits and services that address a wide range of common dental problems. Many patients ask about the toothpaste they are using every day to brush their teeth. Our professionals often recommend to patients in the Portland, OR area to improve the smile by using a fluoride toothpaste.
Does fluoride really help prevent tooth decay?
Studies continue to show that fluoride can be beneficial in preventing the development of tooth decay. This is because it works hard at slowing the breakdown of natural tooth enamel while increasing the speed at which the teeth remineralize. The teeth are incredibly porous, though hard and strong, and plaque and sugars can eat away at the enamel and cause the development of cavities. By brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, patients can reduce the speed at which decay occurs while adding protection to their natural tooth structure.
Toothpastes that contain fluoride are great for helping the prevention of cavities in both children and adults. It is advised that patients brush their teeth while using fluoride toothpaste for the added benefits it can provide. Additionally, patients can obtain fluoride from other sources including fluoridated drinking water and some mouth rinses and washes on the market today.
Patients who are at a higher risk of developing cavities may also want to ask about a fluoride application. Fluoride can be applied to the surfaces of the teeth to act as a barrier against tooth decay. It is similar to dental sealants as it allows the teeth to stay healthier longer. Patients of all ages could benefit from fluoride and sealants, and are welcome to ask our team about having them applied to the teeth.
Speak to a dental professional about improving oral health and wellness today
Contact NW Heights Dental in Portland, OR to discuss the benefits of using a fluoride toothpaste each day. Dr. Keri Smith can be reached for an appointment at (503) 646-1463 and welcome new patients.
Posted in: General & Family Dentistry