At Wellwood Family Dentistry, Dr. Elliot Einbinder and our experienced team are pleased to help our patients in Pikesville, Maryland achieve excellent oral health and help you preserve the smile you work hard to create throughout the year. Today we want to discuss how fluoride benefits your smile as an important tool in your smile care kit.
Because dental caries (cavities) are the most common disease in both adults and children around the globe, and fluoride is one of the most effective ways to prevent cavities. Fluoride makes your teeth stronger and more resistant to the harmful effects of acid. This acid results from bacteria in the mouth feeding off sugars from the food and drinks we consume, and this acid wears down tooth enamel.
Tap Water Beats Bottled Water
Although all water beats soda, sports drinks, and even sweetened fruit juice when it comes to hydrating without contributing to cavities, most bottled water doesn’t have fluoride in it. Tap water which has added fluoride inside the water supply contains just the right amount, thanks to the standards set by the EPA. Essentially, drinking water with fluoride helps keep cavities at bay before they start.
Other sources of fluoride include toothpaste (use the recommended amount and spit it out when done), and your dentist’s fluoride treatment, which is a thin layer of varnish applied to your teeth.
Thanks to fluoride’s proven track record of preventing cavities, fluoride in tap water received the distinction of one of the top public health achievement in the 20th century, in the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the 20th Century.
Fluoride is an important tool to keep your teeth healthy and strong. If you would like to benefit from a fluoride treatment for yourself or your family or to schedule a visit with our dentist, please call us at 410.486.3898 today. Dr. Elliot Einbinder and our Wellwood Family Dentistry team in Pikesville, Maryland look forward to helping you create a healthy, confident smile!