The Benefits of Fluoride in Oral Health

As a specialist in Periodontics, Dr. Ann Kania places a high priority on preventive care. Throughout her career, she has seen the damaging effects of dental disease in general and specifically gum disease.  She strives to educate her patients so that they can reduce their risk for potential oral health problems. As part of any oral health regimen, fluoride is helpful to maintaining strong teeth and a healthy mouth. Below are some facts about fluoride and its many benefits to overall oral health.

  • Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. It can be found in some foods and deep water supplies.
  • As a mineral, it replenishes mineral loss in teeth.
  • It strengthens tooth enamel. Healthy tooth enamel is essential to fighting off cavities and infection of the gum tissues.
  • Many toothpaste brands contain fluoride. When purchasing toothpaste, look for the American Dental Association’s seal of approval.
  • Brushing teeth with fluoridated toothpaste helps ward off the buildup of plaque. Filled with harmful bacteria, plague buildup is dangerous to your gum health.
  • Fluoride helps neutralize the acids present in your mouth. Acids, when mixed with bacteria, can attack your gum tissues and teeth.
  • Researchers have studied the benefits of fluoride to oral health since the early 20th century.
  • Most of the United States water supply has been treated with minimal amounts of fluoride for over 50 years. Since the fluoridation of water, the prevalence of decay and cavities has greatly diminished.

With a thorough oral hygiene regimen that includes fluoride, you can greatly reduce your risks for tooth decay and gum disease. Your best line of defense is maintaining a clean mouth through regular dental cleanings, brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing daily. Depending on your personal needs, Dr. Kania may recommend prescription fluoride. If you are concerned about gum disease or oral hygiene, contact our Encinitas dentist office at (760) 642-0711 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients from Carlsbad, La Costa, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, and the San Diego area.