A common question that parents ask is “is fluoride toothpaste bad for my child?” After a change in guidelines from the American Dental Association, the question is heard by dentists everywhere. The ADA used to recommend that parents wait until their kids turn two before using fluoride toothpaste, but in 2014 they revised the statement to say parents can use a “smear” of fluoride toothpaste when their child’s teeth begin to show. (more…)
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Tooth sensitivity is very common and can be a very painful and annoying problem. While people of all ages can experience tooth sensitivity, it mainly affects people between the ages of 25 to 30. Luckily, with these tips on how to care for your teeth and some help from Affinity Dental, your sensitivity issues can subside over time. (more…)
The outer layer of the crown of a tooth, called the enamel, is made from closely packed mineral crystals. These minerals are lost and gained each day from inside the enamel. This process is called demineralization. When bacteria feed on sugar and other carbohydrates in your mouth they produce acids that dissolve the tooth enamel. Saliva helps balance this out by redepositing fluoride, calcium, and phosphate minerals back into the enamel. Whether it’s by drinking fluoridated water or using a fluoride toothpaste, fluoride is an essential component of enamel remineralization. (more…)
Have you or your child ever gotten an unexpected cavity? Don’t panic. Even those people who practice impeccable dental care can find themselves subject to cavities. There are several contributing factors to tooth decay, and many parents are shocked to find out that their drinking water could be to blame. Let’s talk about the importance of drinking fluoridated bottled water in regards to dental health. (more…)
Fluoride has been hotly debated for a while now. Some experts say that it’s great for your teeth and something that you should make sure you’re using regularly. Others say that it’s dangerous and can cause additional health problems – let’s debunk that myth right now. Many people are under the impression that fluoride is the gas “fluorine.” While it derives from this gas, it is not actually fluorine, which can be harmful in its pure form. The important thing to remember about fluoride is that it’s safe in moderation. You don’t want to swallow a whole tube of toothpaste (for obvious other reasons, too) but brushing with fluoride toothpaste is a good way to keep your teeth strong and healthy. In fact, many communities still fluoridate their water, which is good for the health of your teeth and moderate enough that it won’t cause health problems. Now that you know what fluoride won’t do to you, check out what it can do for you.
Benefits of Fluoride
- Tooth strengthening – This benefit is particularly important for children. Fluoride helps strengthen kids’ teeth so that when they’ll grown in healthy and ready to work. Dentists used to think that fluoride was only really important for children, but we’ve learned differently from recent studies. Fluoride can help people of all ages ward off decay.
- Assists saliva – Saliva in your mouth is there to help neutralize acids and keep plaque at bay. For those who take medications that cause dry mouth, or for people who naturally don’t produce enough saliva, fluoride can be an extra barrier against plaque and tartar build up. If you have dry mouth, you should also consider rinsing with a fluoridated dry mouth mouthwash.
- Good for braces – Those who wear braces will tell you that it’s difficult to get a really clean mouth. Fluoride helps protect where it can and fluoridated mouth washes can reach areas that toothbrushes and floss have a hard time reaching because of braces. The fluoride gives the mouthwash an extra boost of protection and helps to kill bacteria.
There are a few different ways to make sure that your teeth are getting the proper amount of fluoride. First thing’s first, find out if your city fluoridates the water source or not. This will give you a better idea of whether you should go over the top trying to make sure you get enough fluoride. Second, brush and rinse with fluoridated products. Third, visit your Catonsville dentist and have your teeth cleaned. We can also give you a fluoride treatment to help your teeth stay stronger longer. If you’re due for a teeth cleaning, it’s time to make an appointment with us. If you have any questions, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!
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