Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is very safe at the threshold used in commercial toothpastes. Dr. Tim Brooks of Oklahoma City dental wants you to know that fluoride, if used according to the established guidelines, offers protection against dental cavities.
Source of Fluoride
Fluoride enters our bodies through either a systemic route through things like fluoridated water, or a topical route. Systemic fluoride through properly fluoridated water is a very small amount, meant to be at less than one part fluoride per 1 million part water. Topical fluoride is fluoride directly applied on the surface of the tooth enamel, also done in similarly trace amounts. Toothpaste and mouthwashes are examples of topical fluoride.
Prevention of Cavities
According to your OKC dentist team, the way fluoride prevents cavities depends on the route of fluoride delivery. Topical fluoride strengthens the already present enamel by replacing minerals your teeth loses over time, strengthening them against tooth decay. Systemic fluorides become part of the tooth structure, making the teeth resistant from the get-go.
If you have questions about if you’re getting enough or too much fluoride, Dr. Tim Brooks is happy to see you for a consultation regarding your particular case. Your OKC dentist believes in empowering you with education so you can take charge of your health.