What Exactly Is Fluoride?

Fluoride helps keep teeth healthy. Fluoride is the most popular ingredient in almost all existing toothpaste brands because it does a great job of fighting tooth decay and helping repair teeth.

Delivery Methods

Fluoride is divided into two delivery methods: systemic fluorides and topical fluorides. Systemic fluorides come naturally from water, soil, and many foods; they circulate through the bloodstream and are then incorporated into developing teeth. Meanwhile, topical fluorides are the ones you apply and place directly on the teeth to fight off tooth decay and keep the enamel strong.

Different Kinds of Topical Fluorides

Topical fluorides can be applied either professionally or through self-application. Professional topical fluorides are the ones applied by dental professionals. They normally use high fluoride concentrations ranging from 5000–19000 ppm, which is equivalent to 5–9 mg F/mL. On the other hand, self-applied topical fluorides are low fluoride concentration products varying from 200 to 1000 ppm, or 0.2-1 mg F/mL. Some examples are gels, mouthwash, and, of course, toothpaste.

Fluoride For Children

Children exposed to fluoride will need adult supervision. When used appropriately, it helps prevent cavities and tooth decay. Once children are able to spit, they can already start using fluoridated toothpaste. Using a small smear of toothpaste will prevent them from swallowing too much of it. At our office, we have a number of options for topical fluoride. However, if there are still concerns about ingesting fluoride or if your child is very young, there are other options. Other products based on calcium and phosphate may be great alternatives, and these products are safe to use for pregnant or nursing women as well as children under 6 years old.

We respect your decisions regarding fluoride. We believe that the best way for you to make an informed decision is to have an open and honest discussion about the potential risks, benefits, and alternative options. Please give us a call or come in for a visit, and we can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding fluoride.

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