Water may contain it, but that doesn’t make it unimportant for dental health. It is used worldwide to prevent tooth decay and is often contained in over the counter toothpaste. There are other ways to receive fluoride in Portland, and at Laurelwood Dental our dentists can prescribe a number of options to suit your lifestyle and need.
It is a naturally occurring element that can help prevent dental decay and is a substance that strengthens tooth enamel. It is used as a medication to prevent tooth decay in people that have low levels in their drinking water. Most of the Portland Metro area is unfluoridated.
Dr. Rice, Dr. Hall, Dr. Isaac Edwards strongly believe prevention and fluoride Portland is key and can prescribe fluoride tablets for children or high-fluoride toothpaste for teenagers and adults. Supplements are a vital part of preventing tooth decay and a program of treatment will be developed for you at your visit.
Your teeth are protected by a layer of enamel. This enamel is made up of minerals and is actually the hardest substance on your body. Enamel isn’t living tissue in the same way your skin cells are. That means you cannot regrow enamel in the same way your body heals from a paper cut.
Fluoride is a mineral. It’s not commonly found in any major food source that humans consume. That’s why it’s frequently added to toothpaste, available as a supplement, and put into tap water. Fluoride was first added to water supplies on a major basis in 1945 and occurred at a national level by 1960. Original studies of fluoridation showed major declines in cavities when it was introduced to the water supply in Grand Rapids. This led to further study and the eventual adoption of mass fluoridation of tap water.
Fluoride helps to harden natural enamel. That works at two different points in the lifecycle of a tooth. When a tooth is growing in its initial enamel can be strengthened by fluoride. Adult patients also benefit because fluoride hardens existing enamel, even after the tooth is done growing.