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Do You Need Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in many things we eat or drink. It is nature’s way of helping prevent cavities. However nature needs a little assistance to ensure that you get all the Fluoride you need to keep your teeth healthy.

Professional strength – in-office fluorides and low-strength fluorides each play important roles in helping to keep your teeth for life. In the lifelong fight against cavities, both adults and children benefit from in-office treatment and home fluorides.

If you can answer YES to more than four of these questions then you would be advised to ask how our professional in-house fluoride products could help.

  • No Fluoride in your drinking water as a child
  • No Fluoride in your drinking water now
  • Drink filtered or bottled water
  • Have receding gums or history of gum disease
  • Have multiple fillings and/or crowns
  • Strong family history of dental decay
  • Mouth feels dry; or takes medications that cause dry mouth; or breathe through mouth
  • Currently wear orthodontic braces
  • Have sensitivity to hot, cold, or touch
  • Use over the counter whitening strips
  • Limited hand dexterity
  • Use of chewing gum, lozenges, or hard candy with sugar between meals; or strong breath mints
  • Visit dental office irregularly
  • Currently undergoing (or history of) chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Suffer from acid reflux
  • Teeth that just don’t feel clean or trap food
  • Dental work done in the past year
  • Snack frequently between meals
  • Sip on beverages throughout day (other than water)
  • Use tobacco products of any type
  • Clench or grind
  • Brush less than 2 times per day
  • Floss less than once per day

Professional strength in-office fluorides make teeth stronger… and even mineralizes weakened areas. However over time, the high level of fluoride provided by the in-office fluoride treatment will gradually be released from the teeth.

Low-strength home fluorides such as toothpastes and mouth rinses provide an important and valuable complement to the office treatment by replenishing and maintaining a beneficial level of fluoride treatments in the teeth.

Think of office fluoride treatments and home fluorides as your “one-two punch” in the lifelong fight against cavities!


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