Hello, and welcome to the Arlington Dental Blog. Today we will be answering questions about fluoride: “What is it, exactly, and why is it so beneficial to your dental health?”
Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. Fluoride occurs naturally in different foods as well as in water. Fluoride is also added to many of the oral care products sold in Mansfield, Grand Prairie, and Grand Prairie stores. This makes it possible for you to apply fluoride to your teeth when you brush your teeth or use mouth rinses.
And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it will help to prevent tooth decay, of course! Fluoride does this by giving the teeth increased resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria and sugar in the mouth.
Fluoride is especially important for kids. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in; therefore fluoride exposure is extremely beneficial. But, stay tuned, adults: the benefits of topical fluoride are available to you as well!
This miracle mineral is also applied to teeth during routine cleanings at Arlington dental offices.
I’m Dr. Stephen Ratcliff and I have a full-service dental practice in Arlington. Helping my dental patients maintain optimal dental health is important to me, and so is helping them achieve the smiles they want through cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.
My practice, Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, has been serving the Arlington, Mansfield, and Grand Prairie area since 1990, and we would like you to be our next satisfied patient. Please contact us at 817-200-7323 so we can make an appointment for you.
Dr. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St
The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/fluoride-treatment, accessed on September 18, 2013