Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to strengthen and protect your teeth from tooth decay. Dr. Godinez typically recommends fluoride treatments for children, but adults who are prone to tooth decay or cavities can also benefit from fluoride treatments or using fluoride toothpaste.
You might find fluoride added to the drinking water in your town; however, it usually isn't enough to protect teeth from tooth decay and cavities. This is when your Encinitas dentist might suggest a fluoride treatment where we will apply it directly to your teeth and allow it to strengthen and remineralize them.
Fluoride is particularly helpful for teeth that have been affected by tooth decay. If tooth decay is just starting, sometimes fluoride can help to reverse its effects.
For children, using fluoride toothpaste is another way to help build and strengthen their teeth. Children can begin to use fluoride toothpaste as soon as they can spit after brushing around the age of two or three years old. Until that point, parents should use a toothpaste that is safe for their child to swallow.
If you have questions about fluoride and if it might benefit you, contact our dental office today at (760) 632-2410 for more information.