Advantages of Fluoride

Advantages of FluorideGood dental hygiene is one of the best-known ways to prevent tooth decay. Twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and biannual visits to our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist can help you keep your teeth in the healthiest possible condition. Good dental hygiene alone may not be enough to stop cavities, however. That’s because a combination of oral bacteria and weak enamel can cause cavities even in those with good dental hygiene.

The Benefits of Fluoride
Researchers have found that adding fluoride to drinking water reduces the incidence of cavities dramatically. While some internet controversy occasionally swirls around the use of fluoride in public water supplies, reputable health organizations such as the World Health Organization, the American Dental Organization, and the American Medical Organization all stand behind the use of fluoride in drinking water. 

Fluoride works to reduce cavities by strengthening the enamel in both children and adults. Fluoride does not eliminate or reduce the need for good dental hygiene. It simply allows your efforts to be better rewarded with stronger, healthier teeth.

Where to Find Fluoride
The majority of public water supplies in the United States is fluoridated. To find out if yours is among those, call your public water company and ask. If yours is, there is nothing more you need to do. Simply use fluoride toothpaste twice a day, floss, and visit our dentist twice a year for your checkups. If your water supply is not or you have a public well, you may need fluoride supplements. It is important to discuss supplements with our Los Angeles dentist to get the accurate dosage for everyone in your family.

Source: Dentist Los Angeles

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