Laredo Dentist Explains Importance of Fluoride Intake
As a Laredo dentist, Dr. Guerra-Zuniga encourages her patients to drink fluoridated water. Water that contains fluoride can be extremely beneficial to your teeth. Fluoride is a natural occurring mineral that can help to strengthen enamel and prevent cavities.
How can I consume fluoride?
There are a variety of ways that you can ensure you are getting your daily dose of fluoride. Most people consume fluoride by drinking foods and water containing the mineral. You can also apply it directly to the teeth using fluoridated toothpastes and mouth rinses.
Your Laredo dentist can also help you to consume more fluoride by applying it directly to the teeth as a gel, foam, or varnish. These types of treatment contain a highly concentrated form of fluoride than other sources typically do. You can also ask your dentist to prescribe you fluoride supplements.
Who benefits from fluoride?
Both adults and children of all ages can benefit from fluoride; however, the mineral is most crucial between the ages of 6 months to 16 years. This is due to the fact that this is the time period that the primary and permanent teeth come in.
Increased fluoride intake can also be extremely beneficial to people that are prone to cavities and dental decay.
Fluoride can help people with certain conditions:
If you suffer from any of the following, your Laredo dentist may recommend increasing your fluoride intake:
- Dry Mouth
- Gum Disease
- History of Frequent Cavities
- Presence of Crowns, Bridges, and/or Braces
To learn more about the benefits of fluoride, or to find out other ways to ensure you are getting enough of it, contact your Laredo dentist. Contact Dr. Zuniga at (956) 717-8899 for any questions, or to schedule an appointment.