Fluoride Treatment

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Fluoride is the substance you will find in most toothpastes. It is the ingredient which actively fights dental plaque and is a naturally occurring substance. Some water areas will contain a small amount of fluoride and this can also help to maintain a good level of fluoride intake. The main areas in which you will receive fluoride are through toothpastes and mouthwashes or gels. Your dentist will also use fluoride when professionally cleaning your teeth.

What Fluoride Does

Fluoride basically acts as a rejuvenator for teeth. It provides minerals for teeth in areas that have been damaged by acids and plaque. It also prevents plaque from building up in that area for up to 12 hours. Regular use of fluoride in toothpastes means that fluoride can continually work to prevent plaque and damage to the teeth.

Fluoride & Children

Some parents prefer to not give their children fluoride containing products as there is a small risk that overexposure to this substance will result in the condition, fluorosis. This is the condition whereby a permanent discolouration of the teeth occurs. However regular trips to the dentist will minimise the likelihood of this happening and will usually be caught early by your dentist so that treatment and prevention can be implemented.