Health

Is a fluoride treatment safe?

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If you have sat in a dentist’s chair chances are you’ve heard about fluoride treatments.

But are they safe?

Yes, said Dr. Tim Stirneman of the Lake in the Hills-based Compassionate Dental Care.

A naturally-occurring mineral, fluoride is known to be safe and effective at preventing tooth decay.

As teeth develop, ingested fluoride is essential to produce strong tooth enamel, but once teeth erupt from the gum line, the fluoride consumed in drinking water and a variety of foods has very little impact on the strength of teeth.

Topical fluoride found in tubes of toothpaste and mouthwashes offers most patients an adequate amount of the nutrient to keep tooth enamel strong and free from weak spots or decay.

The American Dental Association recommends patients brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. For younger patients and adults who are more prone to tooth decay, professional-grade topical fluoride treatments during each checkup may be beneficial.

The ADA also recommends a professional fluoride treatment at the dentist’s

dentist’s office every three, six, or 12 months, depending on the patient’s oral health.

Still have questions about fluoride? Talk to a member of the Compassionate Dental Care for more information.

Patients can also play a part in helping to keep their smiles whole and healthy by practicing good oral hygiene every day.

What does that entail? Twice a year preventive checkups as well as brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing.

Just by taking just those simple steps, patients are able to significantly decrease their risk for most common oral health issues, and regular examinations allow the Compassionate Dental Care team to diagnose and treat those that aren’t preventable in the earliest stages.

Contact Compassionate Dental Care today to schedule your six-month checkup.

Compassionate Dental Care: 261 North Randall Road, Lake In The Hills, IL 60156 : 224.249.3113 : https://www.mycompassionatedentist.com

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