When it comes to protecting our teeth, we’ll take all the help we can get. Brushing and flossing are great starts, but there are also some natural ways we can strengthen and protect our teeth. One such way is by getting plenty of fluoride in our diet.
Fluoride is known as nature’s tooth protector, as it’s a naturally-occurring mineral that helps to prevent cavities by strengthening tooth enamel. Your enamel helps to make your teeth more resistant to acid degeneration, which is one of the leading causes of tooth decay. So by getting plenty of fluoride, you’re strengthening your enamel and helping protect your teeth for years to come.
So we know that fluoride is important, but how can we make sure we get a healthy amount in our daily diet? We explain the many ways you can increase your fluoride intake in today’s blog.
Where Do I Get Fluoride?
Although fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral, it has also been added to certain products to help make its way into our system. Here’s a look at some of the products and ways in which fluoride makes its way into our bodies.
- Water – Fluoride is naturally found in almost all water sources, but fluoride is also added to public water sources in order to bring the levels up to the normal amount to protect against tooth decay. Drinking plenty of tap water on a regular basis is a great way to increase your fluoride intake.
- Toothpaste and Mouthwash – Since fluoride is so beneficial, it makes sense that dental products incorporate the mineral. Look for the ADA Seal of Approval on dental products like toothpaste and mouthwash, because odds are that means the product contains the appropriate levels of fluoride. Check the ingredients to confirm before buying.
- Your Dentist – Did you know that your dentist can also apply fluoride directly to your teeth during a regular dental visit? Fluoride gel, foam or rinse can be applied to your teeth to help strengthen your enamel and protect your pearly whites.
- Fluoride Supplements – Fluoride can also be absorbed through a supplement, but you’ll need a prescription in order to get the mineral in pill form. These supplements are usually recommended for children who live in rural areas where fluoride is not at adequate levels from their water source. If you think your child falls under this distinction, talk to your dentist about fluoride supplementation.
Most people get plenty of fluoride from tap water and their dental products, so make sure you are drinking plenty of water and brushing your teeth on a regular basis. For those of you without access to these sources, or if you need a little more help getting enough fluoride, talk to your dentist about fluoride rinses or a prescription for supplements. If you have questions about your fluoride intake, reach out to Dr. Brooks’ office today for more information.