Wednesday Mar 6th, 2024

Does Flouride Prevent Tooth Decay?

Sealants and fluoride are great preventive treatments that aid in protecting the teeth. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile. Fluoride is the most effective agent available to assist in the prevention of tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies.

Family Dental Care uses a fluoride varnish that is painted on your teeth rather than bulky impression trays with foam. You can eat and drink immediately after, but avoid crunchy foods like chips or sticky foods like gum. After 4-6 hours you are able to brush the varnish off. The varnish fluoride we use is more effective for reducing sensitivity, strengthening the enamel, and protecting against tooth decay.

Dentists recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year. Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay! It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss daily, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit Family Dental Care on a regular basis.