What is the Importance of Fluoride?

You have probably heard throughout your life that fluoride is good for your teeth but you may not know why.  There are proven benefits to using fluoride in dentistry and daily oral care. Dr. William Wager and our staff at Wager Evans Dental have composed answers to some frequently asked questions below about fluoride.

What Does Fluoride do for My Teeth?

Essentially, fluoride strengthens your enamel. Did you know that enamel is not a living tissue like the rest of your teeth? Therefore, when you damage your enamel, it’s permanently damaged. Fluoride protects the precious enamel barrier around your teeth from tooth decay and cavities. In addition to its ability to strengthen your enamel, fluoride also reduces the levels of acidic bacteria and plaque in your mouth. The presence of plaque and bacteria can lead to infection and inflammation of your gum tissues and tooth decay.

What Is Fluoride Exactly?

Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally present in food and water. In the 1960’s, municipal water supplies throughout the country were treated with fluoride to improve the oral health of the entire nation. Although only miniscule amounts of fluoride were added to the water, research has shown that the prevalence of oral health problems has decreased since water fluoridation.

How do Dentists Use Fluoride?

Sometimes, if your dentist decides to give you more fluoride to alleviate tooth decay, he will apply a fluoride treatment at the dentist office. This treatment can come in the form of a varnish, gel, or foam. In addition to in-office fluoride treatments, Dr. Wager may write a prescription for a mouth rinse with additional fluoride.

How do I know if I Need More Fluoride?

The only way to know for sure is to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Wager for an examination. After he examines your teeth and takes a few X-rays, he can determine if you are vulnerable to decay or already have decaying teeth. If it’s time for a dental examination, contact Wager Evans Dental at (775) 800-4845. We serve patients in Reno, Sparks, Spanish Springs, Golden Valley, Cold Springs, and the neighboring communities.