Importance of Fluoride for Your Teeth
Tooth decay is a common dental health issue that can lead to more serious dental diseases. Untreated tooth decay can infect the inner chambers of the tooth and may necessitate a root canal treatment in order to preserve the tooth. Severe decay may require even more extensive treatment, such as dental extraction. Fluoride is often recommended as a preventative measure to reduce the incidence of tooth decay.
Fluoride is a widely available, naturally occurring mineral that can help prevent tooth decay by hardening teeth and interfering with the processes of oral bacteria. Our dentist in North Hollywood can help you determine if you can benefit from fluoride. Fluoride may benefit some people more than others, including:
• Children between six months and sixteen years of age
• Those with low incomes
• Those who suffer from dry mouth
• Those with a history of gum disease
• Those with a history of frequent tooth decay
• Those with dental crowns or bridges
• Those in developing countries
If you are a candidate for fluoride treatment, our dentist may recommend topical applications. Foams, gels and varnishes are common in-office fluoride options. Fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses can also strengthen your teeth and protect them from decay. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss every day and finish with a mouth rinse to remove plaque and reduce bacteria buildup.
Fluoride in tap water can also play an important role in your dental health. If you drink bottled water, you may not be enjoying all the health benefits of fluoride. Talk to our North Hollywood root canal treatment specialist today to discover your options.
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