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Benefits of Fluoride

A healthy set of teeth is a great asset as they play an important role in our lives. It helps us chew properly, speak clearly, and give our face its shape while improving our confidence, influencing our social lives, careers, and relationships. Hence, giving the best care possible to maintain our oral health is important.

Most people know the importance of regular brushing and flossing to keep optimum oral health, but they are not enough. Treating your teeth with fluoride is another integral part of a good oral care regimen. Here's what you should know about fluoride and how it improves your oral health.

Fluoride

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral present in water, soil, plants, rocks, etc., throughout the Earth's crust. It is also present in our teeth and bones. In the United States, fluoride is added to the drinking water supply to strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.

The Benefits of Fluoride 

As per the American Dental Association (ADA), tooth decay has been reduced by up to 40% in the United States since fluoride was added to drinking water. ADA says fluoridated water reduces cavities in primary teeth by up to 60% and in adult teeth by 35%.  

Fluoride benefits the teeth enamel in the following ways:

  • Strengthen the tooth enamel by remineralizing it
  • Protect the teeth from decay and cavities
  • Slow down the enamel's mineral loss 
  • Repair the teeth damage and reverse early signs of tooth decay
  • Prevent the growth of harmful oral bacteria

Besides, when children consume fluoride in prescribed doses, it reaches their bloodstream and supports their developing permanent teeth. 

How Is Fluoride Administered? 

Fluoride is added to the drinking water supply in the US. Besides, dentists also prescribe fluoride in the form of over-the-counter (OTC) products, including:

  • Toothpaste
  • Mouth rinses, gels, varnishes

For patients who are at high risk of dental caries, the dentist may also recommend additional sources of fluoride in the form of supplements like lozenges, tablets, or liquids.

Dosage 

The suggested daily intake of fluoride for children and adults as per their age is as follows.

  • 0.7 mg daily for toddlers 
  • 3 mg daily for adult women 
  • 4 mg daily for adult men

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you have any doubts or questions about fluoride intake or would like to schedule a treatment, schedule an appointment with Red Rock Dental, Las Vegas, NV 89144 by calling us at (702) 243-8788. 

Location

900 S Pavilion Center Dr #140, Las Vegas, NV 89144

Office Hours

MON - THU 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

FRI 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

SAT - SUN Closed

Get in Touch

Email: office@redrockdentallv.com

Phone: (702) 243-8788

We are located in the professional office park on the SE corner of Pavilion Center Dr and Park Run Dr. We are on the south side of the building adjacent the carports.
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