Fluoride can be a controversial topic. Some say it’s a dangerous substance, but most believe it’s good for the health of your teeth. If you’re interested in making this decision for yourself, there are a few things you should know.
Many argue that the benefits of fluoride far outweigh the risks. In fact, fluoride can reduce tooth decay by up to 25%. However, it’s important to remember that fluoride can affect your kids differently—especially if they’re younger than twelve. You should also avoid using toothpaste with fluoride in it until you’re certain your little one can spit out their toothpaste. Your child would need to ingest a huge amount of fluoride before it would cause any real damage, but avoiding the issue altogether is generally considered preferable.
Many dentists offer fluoride treatments. These treatments don’t usually take more than a few minutes, and can come in many forms, including a gel, foam, or varnish. If you decide on this treatment, we’ll apply your fluoride with a cotton swab, brush, or with a tray. After the treatment, you should avoid foods and beverages for at least 30 minutes. This will give your teeth a chance to absorb the fluoride.
Do you have more questions about the benefits of fluoride? Would you like to learn more about how using fluoride could help you keep your teeth strong? Are you simply hoping to set up an appointment with our dentist, Dr. J. Whitley Wills? If so, we invite you to contact Dr. J. Whitley Wills by calling us at 901-726-9525. We look forward to hearing from you soon!