Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride prevents dental caries by inhibiting demineralization of enamel and encouraging remineralization of demineralized enamel. Topical fluoride applied at the dentist can create a temporary layer of calcium fluoride-like material on the outer surface of teeth, this layer will then respond to changes in pH levels and effect bacterial metabolism. (https://www.aapd.org/research/oral-health-policies--recommendations/fluoride-therapy/)

The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry encourages drinking tap water (public drinking water that contains low levels of Fluoride), brushing with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day, and application of professional fluoride treatments for all individuals at risk for dental caries. It is recommended that infant formula manufactures include a fluoride concentration on the food product label reporting the nutritional content on food labels. “When public water is fluoridated to an optimal level, there is a 35 percent reduction in decayed, missing, and filled primary teeth and 26 percent fewer decayed, missing, and filled permanent teeth.” (Iheozor-Ejiofor Z, Worthington HV, Walsh T, et al. Water fluoridation for the prevention of dental caries. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD010856. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010856.pub2.)

The American Association of Pediatric dentistry “recognizes that drinking fluoridated water and brushing with fluoridated toothpaste twice daily are the most effective method in reducing dental caries prevalence in children.” (https://www.aapd.org/research/oral-health-policies--recommendations/use-of-fluoride/)

To learn more, just ask your hygienist or dentist at Metropolitan Dental Care.

Author
Dr. Leelah Jaberi, DDS

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