Fluoride

While a somewhat controversial subject, Fluoride treatment has been well documented to reduce tooth decay and promote overall dental health. Let’s talk about some of the common questions people have about fluoride treatment.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical that helps prevent tooth decay. It works by slowing the breakdown of your tooth enamel, or the outside surface of the tooth. This surface is subject to the wear and tear of everyday eating.

Why is there fluoride in my water?

Fluoride water treatment was started in 1945 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since then the use of fluoride in water has expanded to approximately 70% of the United States water supply. Fluoride treatment drastically reduces the incidence of cavities, and can cut down on dental costs. Fluoride treatment can also refer to the use of fluoride in regular dental check-ups.

How long do I have to wait to eat or drink after fluoride treatment?

Fluoride treatment after a check-up requires you to not eat or drink for about 30 minutes. Drinking water is not as bad within this time frame, but definitely abstain from eating anything. Eating food right after pretty much just reverses any good the Fluoride would do in protecting your teeth.

How often should I get fluoride treatment?

Fluoride is used during almost all routine dental visits. It’s important to create a relationship with your local dentist so that minor dental issues don’t become major dental issues. Typically Dr. Blackhurst meets with his patients once every 6-12 months. If you have had a history of dental problems, it would probably be best to get checked and receive fluoride treatment every 6 months.